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06:48 PM ET 12.08 | More details are surfacing about the tragic accident involving Josh Brent and Jerry Brown of the Dallas Cowboys. Brent was confirmed as the driver of a vehicle that was traveling at a high rate of speed when it hit the curb and flipped over, according to the Dallas Morning News. The vehicle came to rest in the middle of the road. Brown, who was not responsive when police arrived, was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Brent failed a sobriety test, as police relayed to Matthew Watkins of the Dallas Morning News. He was taken from the scene of the accident to a local hospital, where he had blood drawn. Watkins reports that he was later booked with a second degree felony charge. Brent was charged with a DUI when he played at Illinois. The nose tackle pled guilty to misdemeanor DUI in 2009 and served time in a Champaign County Jail. Brent and Brown were teammates in college at Illinois. Brown, a linebacker, was signed to the Cowboys practice squad in the middle of the 2012 season.

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December 8, 2012  06:52 PM ET

It's a tragedy that could have easily been avoided. If you drink, don't drive. Designate a driver, call a cab, or just wait until you are at your final destination for the evening before drinking. Two young men's lives have been destroyed - one forever. It just isn't worth it.

December 8, 2012  06:53 PM ET

Seriously, how hard is it to call a cab after you've had a few too many?

Throw the book at him. I hope he rots in prison.

December 8, 2012  06:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It's a tragedy that could have easily been avoided. If you drink, don't drive. Designate a driver, call a cab, or just wait until you are at your final destination for the evening before drinking. Two young men's lives have been destroyed - one forever. It just isn't worth it.

We tell people all the time not to drink and drive but they'll do it anyway.

December 8, 2012  06:59 PM ET
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Seriously, how hard is it to call a cab after you've had a few too many? Throw the book at him. I hope he rots in prison.

These people think they can get drunk and drive like a normal person. Their coordination and ability to concentrate are impaired.

December 8, 2012  07:13 PM ET

This is so sad. It's always the innocent person who suffers from the actions of the drunk driver.

December 8, 2012  07:20 PM ET

"Intoxicated manslaughter" usually results in several months of mandatory alcohol treatment, several years of probation, and fines.

I'd love to see drunk driving carry penalties similar to discharging a firearm into a crowd. And killing someone while intoxicated should carry the same penalties as premeditated murder.

The alcohol lobby is way too powerful for that, but until the penalties match the crime people are going to continue to act like it's no big deal, because legally it's not.

December 8, 2012  07:21 PM ET
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We tell people all the time not to drink and drive but they'll do it anyway.

If people can plan to get intoxicated, they should plan a safe way home. Everyone else in the world deserves that tiny little bit of effort on their behalf.

December 8, 2012  07:25 PM ET

Don't get on your high horses, I don't want to here it. This is what happens when you have young healthy males doing what they are born to do. They worked hard to get where they are and they celebrate their success hard. That is an undeniable fact of life and it's not going to change just because it offends your pantywaist sensibilities, or even if it defies common sense. Is drinking and driving a good idea, of course not. Do you think you can stop it with some half **** PR campaign..., of course not. That just makes you naive. The very force that makes these men, make you want to see them compete is the very same force that makes them invincible in their own minds. Without it football doesn't exist. Might as well turn the league over to Choirboy and his lawyers.
The solution to drinking and driving is so simple my kid thought of it on her own when she was eight. The solution to preventing the invincible male attitude is not one I even care to think about, and all the Nancy Graces in the world can't do a damn thing about it.
To our dead we wish peace, To the living, strength, and to those who stand in the way....misery.

December 8, 2012  07:31 PM ET

Maybe if the drunk driving laws had a more teeth, especially in the punishment department, we might see a some movement. But, it all starts in changing the culture that glorifies alcohol consumption and it's connection to sports. It also comes with changing a culture that glorifies professional athletes and giving that sense of entitlement that abets them in ignoring the laws already on the books. It's a tough and difficult task, to be sure, but it HAS to be done.

December 8, 2012  07:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Maybe if the drunk driving laws had a more teeth, especially in the punishment department, we might see a some movement. But, it all starts in changing the culture that glorifies alcohol consumption and it's connection to sports. It also comes with changing a culture that glorifies professional athletes and giving that sense of entitlement that abets them in ignoring the laws already on the books. It's a tough and difficult task, to be sure, but it HAS to be done.

This is the very pantywaist attitude I speak of.

December 8, 2012  07:46 PM ET

Someday soon you will not even have to drive a car, you can program your destination into the car GPS and it will drive you home. Until then if you are feeling sleepy, sick or drunk- don't drive.

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December 8, 2012  08:30 PM ET
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Someday soon you will not even have to drive a car, you can program your destination into the car GPS and it will drive you home. Until then if you are feeling sleepy, sick or drunk- don't drive.

Yea, and private companies won't want to get rich putting people in prison, flowers will sprout from my butt and Micheal Convick will spontaneously combust and all will be right with the world. Dude... self navigating cars have been technologically possible for twenty years. To my knowledge there is only one in use and it's a hobby car owned by a millionaire.

December 8, 2012  09:04 PM ET

Tragic accident? That's a load of crap. Drinking + Driving = Unequalled Stupidity, not a tragedy.

December 8, 2012  09:56 PM ET
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Do you think you can stop it with some half **** PR campaign..., of course not.

No, you can't stop it, but you can reduce it. Serious campaigns to make the point in the schools will get to the smarter kids, and they will avoid dangerous behavior of all kinds. The kids who aren't so smart? Well, that's Darwin for ya.

And you. Yeah, you. I'm talkin' to you. You have to talk to your kids.

When our daughter was in high school, a lot of the parents and kids in town had an understanding. If they needed a ride home, call. No questions, no accusations. We all wanted our kids home in their own beds, every night, just like when they were 2. I even told her friends, if you need a ride home and are afraid to call your parents, call me. We never got a call, and everyone grew up safe.

You can't fix stupid, and we're lucky, I guess, that we never had to.

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December 8, 2012  10:59 PM ET
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No, you can't stop it, but you can reduce it. Serious campaigns to make the point in the schools will get to the smarter kids, and they will avoid dangerous behavior of all kinds. The kids who aren't so smart? Well, that's Darwin for ya.And you. Yeah, you. I'm talkin' to you. You have to talk to your kids.When our daughter was in high school, a lot of the parents and kids in town had an understanding. If they needed a ride home, call. No questions, no accusations. We all wanted our kids home in their own beds, every night, just like when they were 2. I even told her friends, if you need a ride home and are afraid to call your parents, call me. We never got a call, and everyone grew up safe.You can't fix stupid, and we're lucky, I guess, that we never had to.

I agree. And Mr. Dallas...this is NOT about being a pantywaist. It's about having the courage to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!! It's your defeatist attitude that is the "pantywaist,"

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