(NEW YORK) — Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent will no longer be permitted to be on the sideline the remainder of the season, league sources and the team announced on Tuesday.
Brent is being charged with intoxication manslaughter after killing his teammate, Jerry Brown in a car crash two weeks ago. The Cowboys and league officials were unaware that Brent would be on the sideline last Sunday against the Steelers.
According to sources, Brent went to the game even though he was unsure of what would be said. A teammate on injured reserve told Brent that all of his teammates wanted him to be there. When the third quarter came, Brent had been informed that his presence was causing national debate and left.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was unaware of Brent being on the sidelines until he saw Brent on the television during the game.
“It becomes a real sensitive topic to a lot of people when you’re in a public place like the game,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Monday. “There were no bad intentions other than to support Josh as part of our football team. This is a game and you need to be here. That’s what our players wanted to convey to him and they really encouraged him to come to the game.”
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN