Family Of Jerry Brown Wants Josh Brent To Sit With Them At His Funeral

This is an act of forgiveness that I’m not sure most people would be capable of:

Less than a week after a car accident allegedly caused by an impaired Josh Brent took the life of Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown, the family of Brown has evidently elected to forgive the Cowboys defensive tackle. ESPN’s Ed Werder reports they have asked Brent to meet them at the airport and sit with them during the memorial service.

Brent, 24, reportedly failed a sobriety test after the crash and now faces charges of intoxicated manslaughter. If convicted, he would face two to 20 years in prison.

I’ve got to say I don’t know that I would be able to be this magnanimous in the face of tragedy.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Anderson says:

    Wow, you’re right about that. God bless ’em.

  2. Andy says:

    Their intent may be magnanimous, but going to the funeral and sitting next to that family is probably the hardest thing for him to do.

  3. MstrB says:

    I dunno if the witness story is true, I’d find it nearly impossible to do.

  4. John Peabody says:

    This is not unprecedented. When a gunman killed several Amish membersa few years ago, people from the Amish community attended the funeral of the gunman.

  5. scott says:

    This is Christianity as its most powerful.

  6. aquanerd says:

    @ Scot

    “This is Christianity as its most powerful.”

    I think you mean Human at its most powerful.