Cowboys Defensive Lineman Josh Brent Quits NFL to Fight Manslaughter Charge

Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent quit the NFL on Thursday as he prepared to defend his life in court against a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a teammate in a drunk driving accident.

”I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order,” Brent said in a statement provided by the team. ”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’s has not touched a football since the December 8 crash that killed Jerry Brown, a college teammate and a close friend. If convicted, Brent, who was driving, could face up to 20 years in prison for intoxication manslaughter.

Police authorities reported that Brent was driving with a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit on the night of the accident.

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