ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Besides the win, the most talked about part of the Cowboys game was who was on the sideline.
During the first quarter, CBS Sports showed Josh Brent with his teammates. Brent is currently charged with intoxicated manslaughter in the crash that killed fellow Cowboy Jerry Brown Jr. last Saturday.
Seeing Brent on the sideline is something that did not sit well, with “NFL On CBS” commentator Boomer Esiason, who said “It’s the last thing that I thought I would see today. It’s disgraceful by the Dallas Cowboys to put that young man on the sidelines.”
But after the game, Coach Jason Garrett explained that Brown’s mother told players and coaches to continue to support Brent.
Garrett said, “(Brent is) part of our family. What we wanted to do as an organization as much as anything else is just support Jerry Brown’s mom’s wishes. And the players were really the guys who encouraged Josh to be there. A number of phone calls, ‘you’re coming to this game'”.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones agreed, but also acknowledged the controversy.
“I do know there’s the other side of the coin,” Jones said. “It’s his team. It’s a family member. If someone did something you may not be proud of, you have to stick with him.”
On the CBS 11 News Facebook page, most people believed the Cowboys should not have allowed Brent on the sidelines.
Peggy Hackler wrote, “no, no, no.”
Laurie Harp said, “absolutely not. Sends the message that it’s ok to drink, drive, and kill if you are (an) NFL player. Where’s the accountability?”
And Charles Zikowsky agreed, saying “absolutely not, bad example Cowboys.”
Danny Galvez attended Sunday’s game, and believed Brent standing on the sidelines was “too soon. My opinion, he shouldn’t have been here at all.”
But most of the fans CBS 11 News spoke with outside Cowboys Stadium are still backing Brent and the Cowboys decision to have him at the game.
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