The Dallas Cowboys want Josh Brent back.
And if Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstates Brent, Jerry Jones will make sure Brent is back on the team.
On DallasCowboys.com, Jerry Jones said, “we wouldn’t have it today, but we’ll make a roster spot.”
Jones was adamant about having a spot on his team for the former defensive tackle. This is no surprise because Jones never wanted Brent to retire and always gave his unwavering support to Brent.
It has been almost two years since Brent last played in a December game against the Eagles in 2012.
Then his life would be changed forever.
In December of 2012, Brent was involved in a tragic drinking and driving accident that killed his best friend and teammate, Jerry Brown. This tragic incident put Brent in jail for 180 days and 10 years’ probation for intoxication manslaughter.
Brent spent the final 45 days of his sentence at Enterhealth, an alcohol and drug treatment center, near Dallas.
Brent is scheduled to meet with Roger Goodell today to seek reinstatement. He could face further discipline from the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Jones said he would not ask Goodell to speed up the reinstatement process.
“Good judgment tells us let this happen on the commissioner’s time,” Jones said. “Seriously, I don’t want to be presumptuous and there’s no pressure. He looks and should look at all discipline straight to the player…There’s no place for input, in my mind, from the club asking to facilitate something that might be to the advantage of the club. This is about the player, the player’s future, the NFL and our policies in the NFL.”
Yes this is about the player and his future. And right now, Brent has a strong support system in place. Jones has made sure of that.
Former Cowboys’ great Michael Irvin and Nate Newton (who had their own off the field issues) have offered to serve as mentors. And adviser David Wells is serving as a confidante. Wells has worked with Irvin, Newton, Adam “Pacman” Jones, and Dez Bryant.
But Nate Newton made a profound statement when talking about Brent’s situation.
“All you can do is support him and try to direct him in the right way,” said Newton. “Let him know that what he’s doing is a great thing and can only benefit him and the Cowboys alike. I’m a realist, man. Don’t get caught up in, ‘We love you.’ Get caught up in, ‘I’ve got a second chance. Do I love myself?’ That’s who you’ve got to love.”
And he should love Stacey Jackson, too.
Because Jackson has been a staunch supporter of Brent’s since her son fatally died in that tragic car accident. So supportive that she encouraged him to walk in with the family at her son’s funeral.
But as Nate Newton stated so eloquently, “if you don’t love and respect yourself, the first person going down is you. “Unfortunately, this can be a sad story. Or a great story.”
Let’s hope it’s a great story.
Because Brent has Stacey Jackson’s support.