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Cowboys’ Brent Admits He Was Drinking Before Deadly Accident, TABC To Investigate

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - The Dallas Cowboys are preparing for a private memorial that will be held at an undisclosed North Texas church tomorrow for Jerry Brown, the practice squad player who was killed in a car crash over the weekend. His autopsy results, which were released on Monday, show that Brown died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

Meanwhile, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has launched an investigation into a Dallas nightclub where Jerry Brown and his teammate, Cowboys nose tackle, Josh Brent, had been partying prior to the crash.

Brent admitted to police he had been drinking before the deadly crash that killed his best friend early Saturday morning, according to the probable cause affidavit. Police say Brent was drunk when he was speeding on a service road along Hwy-114 when he hit a curb and flipped his car. Brent has been charged with intoxication manslaughter.

TABC confirms it will interview several witnesses as part of the investigation, which could span several weeks or months.

“They’ll contact and say, ‘He my friend was at such and such location.’ Sometime we see this through social media, but typically it’s through a friend or family member that will call that’s grieving,” says TABC’s Major Gene Anderson.

TABC investigators will also analyze receipts and video from that evening to determine if Brent was served too much alcohol.

“If it’s proven that they were negligent or they were involved in serving a person who had been intoxicated, then we would seek sanctions against that club.”

Representatives from Privae nightclub say they are cooperating with the TABC investigation and the Irving Police Department and released the following statement:

“In regard to the auto accident that took the life of Dallas Cowboy Jerry Brown, we are saddened by the events of the weekend. Our hearts go out to Mr. Brown’s family and friends, and the entire Cowboys organization.

Privae Dallas is a club that offers its guests a special level of privacy and often caters to celebrities. The safety of our guests is very important to us, and our staff is trained to follow the regulations set forth by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).

We are fully cooperating with the TABC and Irving police, and respect that the event is under investigation. Because of that, we must ask that all questions be directed to the Irving police department and their team.”

Brent was released from the Irving jail on Sunday morning after posting $500,000 bail, an amount Brent’s lawyer called excessive.

As he left jail Brent told reporters, “Jerry Brown is my dear best friend and I’m just trying to deal with his death right now.”

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