OT: Ugly situation in Dallas Cowboy player's death about to get even worse

Submitted by mGrowOld on December 11th, 2012 at 4:13 PM

An eyewitness at the crash scene is reporting that the driver Josh Brent had to be coerced into pulling his "friend" from the burning wreck:

"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."

This report was made public shortly after the mother of Jerry Brown announced she wanted Josh Brent to sit with her at her son's funeral.  I cannot imagine how on earth that could possibly take place now.




December 11th, 2012 at 5:04 PM ^

That is a situation that never needed to take place and was totally avoidable. Unfortunately I've been affected by situations like this through the loss of two friends to drunk drivers. He's a millionaire. Call a nice limo to pick you up. Stories like this one really bothers me.


December 11th, 2012 at 5:12 PM ^

Perhaps I'm wrong, but I believe the NFL set up a hotline in recent years that any NFL player can call and get a complimentary cab if he's been drinking.  I think I read an article about that a couple years ago, but the facts might be a little hazy.

Even if it's not free for NFL players, nobody should be driving drunk, period.

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December 11th, 2012 at 5:46 PM ^

It is possible, perhaps likely, that players are wary of using that hotline for fear of by doing so they would be getting their names added to some kind of "list" that the Commissioner's office maintains for the sake of holding leverage over anyone whose name makes it on there.

That doesn't excuse drunk driving, and God knows being arrested and/or killing someone is worse than being put on the "naughty" list to be fined at a later date, but with the climate of intimidation that Roger Goodell has put into play since taking over, it doesn't surprise me that players don't trust the league, its officials, or its services.


December 11th, 2012 at 5:52 PM ^

I have a hard time believing that a guy who calls for a cab because he's been drinking would somehow negatively affect his reputation around the league.

In fact, I might be inclined to think the opposite.  If Roger Goodell knows that Player A has called that hotline X number of times, that would indicate to me that he's taking his responsibility seriously to stay off the roads when drunk.


December 11th, 2012 at 6:19 PM ^

hmmmm, oh yeah, a union. Maybe they might be convinced they have some vested interest in the players health and well-being. They might even find it beneficial to limit the probablility of athletes finding themselves on the front page of the wrong section of the paper.


December 11th, 2012 at 10:24 PM ^

while you are correct, 95% of humans will choose the "free" route aka driving yourself.  The fact of the matter is that these guys belong to a "union" how about their dues actually pay for this service off the top that way its a sunk cost and hopefully one wouldnt think twice about calling the line.  


December 12th, 2012 at 9:18 AM ^

not that it makes any difference, but i read that it wasn't 'complimentary', it was $90/hour charged to the player. the nfl just is making sure that they have a cab any time, anywhere that the player needs it. but they still have to pay the $90/hour.


December 11th, 2012 at 4:47 PM ^

If it was related to a head injury, and or he was stunned, that's fine. But don't call him a hero. We are too quick to call people heroes these days, and it should be reserved for truly heroic acts.


December 11th, 2012 at 4:53 PM ^

Soooo if it's so easy how come the people doing the coercing weren't pulling the guy out? What was the eyewitness doing to help that lets him pass judgement? Anybody who's been in a serious car wreck knows that your higher brain functions don't work quite right even if you didn't get a whack on the head or whiplash. Some people overcome that and act like heroes. Some people do stupid crap trying to be a hero and get themselves hurt even worse. Some people get the shakes and are functionally worthless for awhile. It's tough to judge character from that.

If "not wanting to jump back into a flaming wreck you just escaped from" makes you an asshole, well, most everyone is an asshole.


December 11th, 2012 at 5:10 PM ^

I have no idea how big or fit or young Stacee Williams is, but I'm NFL linebacker sized...and there are approximately zero females I know who would be capable of pulling me out of a car.

All she's really saying is "He's not a hero" and he didn't try to help the dying passenger without being coerced and prodded.

Nothing in your argument suggests that she's wrong about any of that.

Also, her comments appear to have been made after she learned that Josh Brent was an NFL player and driving drunk.  I'm sort of willing to forgive her for making some heated comments in the aftermath.

Hell, there are heated comments over in the "Dennis Norfleet to safety?" post on the front page, and as far as I know, nobody in that thread just burned to death in a fiery crash.


December 11th, 2012 at 6:14 PM ^

If he was calling out as she claims, he could have assisted her. Why was he trapped? Maybe the door was jammed from the inside and just needed some coercion from outside. Maybe he was tangled in the seat belt. Maybe he just needed a little extra help to break free. Maybe he was just panicking and needed someone to calm him down. Maybe Stacee foing to helThere are any number of scenarios in which


December 11th, 2012 at 6:26 PM ^

I'm not mad at her, I'm annoyed that people are making this big news, like it should totally change how we think about the situation. To the extent that I'm bothered by Stacee Williams, it's limited to minor annoyance at her dramatic casting of judgement that someone took a little too long to do what she was unwilling to do.

And you make my point: you and I judge the guy for drunkenly committing manslaughter. She (and the OP) judge the guy further for not being 100% after narrowly avoiding his own death.


December 11th, 2012 at 6:20 PM ^

That was weird, bad iPhone. Anyway there are a lot of scenarios in which Stacee could have helped even if she can't carry a linebacker up a flight of stairs.

At any rate, apparently Jerry died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck, so the time taken to get him out of the car doesn't seem to have affected the outcome. Hell maybe dragging him out of the car made it worse.

My only point is that the fact that it took a guy who had just been in a rollover a couple minutes to get his head in order and act doesn't affect my opinion on him, and it shouldn't affect yours. He's a bad guy for driving drunk and crashing. He's not a bad guy for getting shook up by a major crash.


December 11th, 2012 at 5:00 PM ^

To be perfectly clear, the guy is obviously not a "hero" for what that's worth, and clearly deserves a great deal of blame for drunkenly causing the crash. I'm just annoyed by the tone of the report, which implies that an accident survivor not leaping into a flaming car to save someone is condemnable in and of itself.

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December 11th, 2012 at 5:07 PM ^

You don't think you have atleat a little bit of a positive duty in this case? It was clear that he had the ability to pull him out of the wreck, seeing as he did it.Then add on top of that the fact that you caused the situation in the first place. I could accept an argument from a bystander saying "I saw that the car was on fire and didn't want to risk it," but not from the person who caused the situation. I would have no problem condemning him further for not pulling the passenger out. 

EDIT: To your last point, "if not going back to save the friend that you put in harms way makes you an asshole..." yes. Yes it does. There are other cases where you may not be directly at fault for the accient where I would back down from that stance. But not here.


December 11th, 2012 at 6:06 PM ^

The first thing you learn in a first aid class is "I'm first". That is, before approaching a person in need of help, make sure doing so doesn't put you or someone else at a high risk of injury. More injured people just make things harder for the professionals when they arrive and may well make things worse for the originally injured person.

Now that said, I generally agree that I personally would want to do something to help in that situation. After all, a friend is hurt and I was at fault. Decent people ought to want to help, ASSUMING THEY ARE COHERENT AND RATIONAL. That's a big assumption, and the description sounds like this guy was not. That's partially his fault for being drunk, but to the extent that being injured in a serious car wreck made him irrational, that's something you can't fault.


December 11th, 2012 at 5:23 PM ^

"What was the eyewitness doing to help that lets him pass judgement?"

I don't know, but I can tell you what the eyewitness was NOT doing that lets him pass judgement - he was not drunk driving, crashing his car, and killing his friend.  We cannot place an obligation on an innocent bystander to risk their own life in an attempt to save another.  The driver's obligation is a different story.  


December 11th, 2012 at 6:14 PM ^

If your rule is applied more generally, I'm basically understanding you to say that women should never complain if a guy refuses to lift heavy stuff.

Because, after all, if my girlfriend won't try to move that huge bookcase, then she shouldn't call me lazy for not moving it, either.  I will be sure to tell her this the next time she asks me to carry her suitcase or load up some furniture in the back of a truck.


December 11th, 2012 at 5:01 PM ^

The "eyewitness" clearly is way over the top here. I haven't even heard anyone call Brent a hero, all I've heard is people just destroying the guy for what he did. My thing is people die and get others killed every single day in alcohol related incidents, but because this guy plays for the Cowboys (and is an athlete in general) and this happened to another athlete people want him to face the death penalty. (I've actually read people saying this) Remeber Donte Stallworth? He killed a homeless guy while he was drunk? Yeah, he's still playing.

All I can say is be careful when you drive, everyone. Especially if you are driving late, there are people out there who will drive in any state of mind, risking their own life and lives of others. After midnight the rules change - green means slow down, make sure it's clear, then go. Yellow just means stop. 

swan flu

December 11th, 2012 at 5:09 PM ^

The guy killed by Donte Stallworth was not homeless. He was a construction crane operator jaywalking in a busy street while trying to catch a bus.

Stallworth accepted a plea deal of 30 days in jail, a lot of community service, and an undisclosed settlement to the mans family.

In no way am I trying to justify Stallworth, or anyone, drinking and driving. Just getting the facts straight.


December 11th, 2012 at 5:20 PM ^

I hate it anytime his name is just thrown out there as an example. Tragedy? Yes. Overblown? Yes.
The thing people forget about Stallworth is that he did the responsible thing and drove home the morning after drinking. He had slept and thought he was OK to drive in the morning, when it turns out he wasn't. Also, there is a video that kind of shows the homeless guy jumping in front of Stallworth's car (a Bentley) presuming the guy just wanted to get hit and get a large insurance settlement. Stallworth was told to plead innocent by his lawyers because they were convinced they had a case to get him off on all charges, but Stallworth felt so guilty, he plead guilty and served his debt to society.

Perkis-Size Me

December 11th, 2012 at 5:10 PM ^

i was unaware that this guy was a hero regardless of this development. he got drunk and got into an accident which killed his best friend. he's as far from hero as it gets. he's nothing but an idiot that will live with this guilt for the rest of his life.