Jerry Jones walks fine line with Brent situation

December 19, 2012

Jason Garrett has said on several occasions that he doesn’t have a playbook or a roadmap for handling the Josh Brent/Jerry Brown situation.

Like Garrett, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is attempting to find ways to be supportive of Brent while also not appearing to support drunk driving.

Brent was on the Cowboys sideline during the first half of Sunday’s 27-24 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was reported Tuesday that Brent would not be allowed on the sideline going forward.

But Jones stopped short of confirming that Wednesday on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM].

“There’s not a bright line,” Jones responded when asked if Brent was prohibited from being on the sideline in the future. “We’re going to let this seek the same thing that you’d have seek the direction it would go as if it were a family.”

Jones said he recently had a “good visit” with the NFL about Brent’s presence on the sideline and added that everyone involved agreed to “let this evolve and just see how it is.”

“They were assured of what our situation is and that his teammates wanted to support him very well and we’ll see how it goes,” Jones said. “I want to emphasize, the minute Josh thought or found out that it was going to be a distraction he left the sidelines.”

Brent’s on the Cowboys’ reserve/non-football illness list, which allows him to be around the practice facility and his teammates. On several occasions, Jones compared Brent interacting with his teammates to being with family during a difficult time.

Brent was arrested for intoxication manslaughter on the morning of Dec. 8 after a car he was driving flipped on an Irving road, killing Brown, a passenger in the vehicle. In 2009, Brent served 30 days in an Illinois jail for driving drunk.

“He’s going to be held accountable and responsible very significantly, I’m sure,” Jones said. “But that’s not where we are with what’s evolving around the team and the sideline right now.”