September 19th, 2014

Cowboys Brent Is All But A Hero

by ZachBingham


Last week Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown was killed in a car accident due to the poor decisions of his teammate and friend Josh Brent.

Brent was driving under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Brent escaped the wreckage but a story from the Dallas Morning News sheds new light on what really happen that night.

Reports first stated that Brent pulled his teammates body out of the burning car in an effort to save Brown’s life.

An act of heroism…

But eyewitness Stacee McWilliam, who was on her way home from a birthday celebration, drove upon the crash scene and recounted a very different story. 

"As I was on the access road, I approached the aftermath of what was obviously a horrible, tragic incident. When I first pulled up to the scene, there was a little bit of a flame coming from the flipped vehicle, like in the engine area. Just a very small flame and I wasn't too overly concerned for that. I jumped out of my vehicle and ran up to make sure that everyone was okay. As I got closer to the scene, there was a gentleman, which I later found out was Josh Brent, that was standing off to the right side of the wreckage, kind of pacing back and forth, you know, walking around."

"I asked him if he was okay, I said 'Is everyone okay?', 'Are you alright?', and he responded to me, he said that he was fine.”

"The person that was in the other vehicle stepped out of her car and she said 'I've already called 9-1-1, they're on the way'. And I was like, I'm so relieved that, you know, single-car collision, no injuries, fine...But it took no time at all for this fire to really get engaged. It became very hot, very bright, very big and then I started to hear screams coming from inside the vehicle and it was a man's voice saying 'Help me', you know, 'Help, somebody help me'. And I turned and looked at the gentleman in the black pants (Brent), and I said 'Is there a passenger? Is there somebody in the car?'. And he said 'Yeah'. And I told him 'Well, get him out of the car'."

"Josh looked at me and he said 'He won't get out of the car'. And I said 'Well, you can't just leave him in there and let him die. You've got to help him. Go get him'. And I commanded him several times and Josh looked at me, and he again said 'He won't get out of the car'. And I told him 'You can't stand here and watch him die. You've got to get him out'." 

From McWilliam’s story, Brent should not be labeled as a hero but as a coward.

When McWilliam’s left for a moment to retrieve her cell phone, Brent then decided to finally pull Brown from the vehicle.

"He (Brown) was laying in the middle of the lane, very still. He had his arms were outstretched, almost in the shape of a 'T'. And he was moving his arms just a little bit, he was moving his head just a little bit. So I was like 'Okay, he's not dead, he's alive'. You know, I felt some sense of relief. The fire was getting bigger, glass was starting to shatter. I don't know where Josh went at this point, because he just disappeared into the darkness behind the vehicle."

"I didn't know Jerry in life. I never heard of him, I didn't know who he was," McWilliams added. "But I want people to understand that Josh Brent is not a hero. I keep hearing reports of how he was there to pull his friend from the fire, but he had to be coerced and pushed and begged and pleaded to get his friend out of the fire. And when he pulled him out, he just left him in the street. He didn't tell him 'Hang in there, help is on the way'. Nothing. He just left him there and I want the magnitude of that to be understood." 

What kind of man watches his ‘so call friend’ burn, hurt and essentially die right in front of his face?

Facing intoxication manslaughter charges, Brent’s poor decisions that night will ultimately lead to a twenty-plus year prison sentence and the haunting cloud of indecision. 

Jerry Brown’s family has gone on record forgiving Brent for the incident but after hearing McWilliam’s side of the story, a life could have been saved.

Brent's attorney claims that McWilliam's story is inaccurate and plans to file a defimation suit -- Read Here


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