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Jerry Jones defends decision to allow Josh Brent on sideline

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04:37 PM ET 12.17 | The Dallas Cowboys caused a stir when defensive tackle Josh Brent was seen on the team's sideline during the national broadcast of their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brent is currently facing jail time after being charged for intoxication manslaughter after he was behind the wheel during a drunk driving accident that took the life of his teammate and best friend Jerry Brown Jr. Dallas was immediately criticized for the decision. Now, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is defending his decision. Jones points out that Jerry Brown's own mother has supported Brent through this tough situation and that the team had the blessing of Brown's family. The organization did not want to turn their backs on Brent when he needs a support group the most. "Our team and our players wanted him today on the sideline," Jones said. "Jerry's mother asked us directly as a group. She said, 'Support him. Help him. He needs your help. Jerry wants that. I want that.' His teammates asked him to come and be down there with them."

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December 17, 2012  11:44 PM ET

The contradictory stories here should tell you something about the media. But most of all, mind your own business and let those involved deal with it. In short, butt out and enjoy the game.

December 17, 2012  11:56 PM ET

GGGGGGGGGMen!! jETS!

December 18, 2012  12:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

GGGGGGGGGMen!! jETS!

** Deja Vu.

All I can say is @ least the Cowboys aren't messed up like the JETS!

December 18, 2012  01:05 AM ET

Sends the wrong message, Jerry, you are a MORON! You can support a person w/out him being seen by millions on TV when he just did something he should be in jail for. #PlanetDoofy

December 18, 2012  01:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

** Deja Vu.All I can say is @ least the Cowboys aren't messed up like the JETS!

Give them time, there's still a little season left.

December 18, 2012  01:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Give them time, there's still a little season left.

Sadly we still have another 2 weeks of Romo possibly fucking the season up IMO.

December 18, 2012  07:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Sadly we still have another 2 weeks of Romo possibly fracking the season up IMO.

Check the standings. Last I looked, there's a traffic jam at #1 in the NFC East, and the 'Boys are in it.

Give credit where credit is due.

December 18, 2012  07:48 AM ET
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Check the standings. Last I looked, there's a traffic jam at #1 in the NFC East, and the 'Boys are in it.Give credit where credit is due.

Dallas is playing much better than Baltimore right now. I'll be surprised if the Boys-Skins game isn't for the division.

 
December 18, 2012  11:15 AM ET

First he didn't know, now he approves. Nice message to send. You can support the player, but to welcome him to the sidelines with open arms sends the wrong message. He took a life because he made a horrible choice, one that could have been prevented. EVERY team in the league offers a pick up service for their players and it was ignored. I also read some stories that quite a few of the Cowboy players were not so happy that Brent was on the sidelines. Having him there condones what he did and IMO disrespects the man that he killed.

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