Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent last December 8th drove drunk, crashed the car he was driving and killed teammate Jerry Brown. Well Brent just compounded his problems as he tested positive for marijuana while awaits trial.
The revelation came about as prosecutors Thursday asked a judge to revoke Brent’s $100,000 bond and issue an arrest warrant. According to ESPN, prosecutors on May 24th asked for a judge to revoke Brent’s bail due to alcohol monitoring issues, but the judge declined to do so at the time. However, the judge did order a urine sample, which is where the failed drug test came from.
So, what does this mean?
What it means is that Brent is has just compounded his problem and is now going to go to jail. Also, the Cowboys are most likely going to cut Brent as he isn’t worth the headache and isn’t going to be available anytime soon to play as he will be incarcerated.
Lastly, and most importantly, Brent is going to have to face National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Goodell has been consistent when it comes to players consistently getting in trouble off the field. The first time, he will let you slide as one could chalk it up to a bad decision. However, you mess up again then you are going to have to pay. All one has to do is look at what happened to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Vick.
Once it was found out that Vick had a dog fighting ring and that he was killing dogs that weren’t performing, Goodell laid down the hammer on the man even though Vick was one of the NFL’s superstars.
Goodell and the NFL eventually learned that the only way you are going to get people to stop making trouble is by sending a clear cut message. That is that if you’re consistently going to get in trouble with the law you aren’t going to have a job in the NFL. The reason being there are many talented players that are looking for a chance that are sitting on the street that won’t cause problems for the league.
The NFL has vastly changed over the last 20 years. Then an NFL superstar can play as long as he wanted to with the very team that had drafted him and played with for his entire career.
Nowadays, it doesn’t matter how good you were previously as if you don’t perform you’re going to be out of a job.
A good example of this is defensive end/outside linebacker Dwight Freeney. Freeney in 2012 for the Indianapolis Colts recorded five sacks. In 2011 Freeney had eight and a half sacks and in 2010 he had 10 sacks. However, the Colts decided not to resign Freeney when his contract ran out after the season.
First, Freeney’s production has slipped over the past couple years. The other is that Freeney is 33-years-old, so he is up there in years by NFL standards, which means that his best days are gone.
So, with Brent compounding his problems all I have to say is good luck getting back in the NFL, because you’re going to be out so long it will be almost impossible to get in.