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Ex-Cowboys player Brent arrested on assault, other charges

DALLAS (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent is being held on charges that include assaulting a public servant after authorities say officers found him intoxicated outside a Dallas-area fast food restaurant.

Coppell police Sgt. Sammy Lujan says officers responded Sunday after a caller expressed concern about a man talking to himself.

Lujan says the 31-year-old Brent was intoxicated and resisted as officers attempted to handcuff him. He was taken into custody after officers shot him using a stun gun.

He was also charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest and was being held Monday in the Carrollton city jail.

It’s not clear if he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

A Dallas jury in December returned a $25 million verdict against Brent and the owner of a now-defunct nightclub in the 2012 drunken-driving death of Brent’s teammate, Jerry Brown Jr.

Brent was selected by the Cowboys in the 7th round of the NFL’s supplemental draft in 2010 after he missed his senior season at Illinois due to academic ineligibility. He made the roster out of training camp and played in all 16 games for Dallas that season.
In 2012, Brent started in five games for the Cowboys, but his season and NFL career were derailed by tragedy. On Dec. 8, 2012, Brent was driving home from partying with some teammates at a nightclub when he lost control of his Mercedes, triggering a fiery crash that killed his college and pro teammate Josh Brown. Officers who arrived on scene said Brent was seen trying to pull Brown’s body from the wreckage.

Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in Brown’s death and sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years probation. He was placed on the team’s reserve/suspended list for the entire 2013 season and played in just three games in 2014 before he announced his retirement.

In September 2015, Brent accepted a role in the Cowboys’ scouting department. The team had no immediate comment on the matter.

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