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Jones: Fatally Injured Player Didn't Call for Ride

8:17 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY Sports

IRVING, Texas -- Josh Brent did not do what several of his Dallas Cowboys teammates have done this season -- call the team for a ride after becoming too impaired to drive safely.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday that on seven occasions this season Dallas players have called the team's security staffer designated for late-night emergencies to request pickup service, avoiding any potential problem from getting behind the wheel after drinking.

Brent opted to drive home from a nightclub last weekend and lost control of his vehicle in a one-car accident that killed his passenger and roommate, Cowboys practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown.

"We have two limo services on stand-by and a full-time staff person on call 24 hours/seven days a week to pick up players," Jones told USA TODAY Sports. "That person has been called seven times this year."

The team services Jones described go beyond what's provided to NFL players by the league and the NFL Players Association.
Jones and the Cowboys are trying to regroup from the tragedy, which includes respecting the life or Brown and supporting Brent, who faces intoxication manslaughter charges.

A report in the Dallas Morning News on Thursday, citing a law enforcement source, said Brent's blood-alcohol content at the time of the wreck was .18, more than twice the legal limit in Texas.

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