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Cowboys' Brent retires, still charged in crash

Published July 18, 2013 12:58 pm

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Dallas • Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent retired from football Thursday, saying "doing the right things in life" is more important as he prepares to defend himself against a manslaughter charge in a drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate.

In a statement released by the Cowboys, Brent said he had "given a lot of thought" to his decision. His football career has been on hold since the Dec. 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a practice squad player, college teammate and close friend.

"I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order," Brent said. "Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do."

Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, though he could also get probation. Suburban Dallas police accused Brent of driving with a blood-alcohol content more than twice the legal limit the night of the crash.

He has also tested positive twice for marijuana while out on bond, and was briefly jailed after the second test. He is again out on bond, but under stricter conditions that include monitoring for drugs and alcohol, and is banned from driving.