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We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

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Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

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    Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent
    Arrested for
    Manslaughter


    Breaking News

    Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was arrested in Texas early this morning on charges of intoxication manslaughter involving a car accident in which a teammate died ... TMZ has learned.

    According to WFAA in Dallas, Irving PD says Brent and a member of the team's practice squad, Jerry Brown, were involved in a single car accident around 2:30 AM local time and that Brown died as a result.

    The Dallas Morning News is reporting that police say Brent was driving at a high rate of speed when his car "hit the outside curb," flipped over and came to rest in the middle of the road. Brent was responsive at the scene, but Brown was not. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

    Brent was given a field sobriety test, which he failed, and was hit with a second degree felony charged. He was arrested by Irving PD and booked at 4:14 AM and is being held without bail.

    Brent pled guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge while in college.

    The incident comes just one week after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself.

    Story developing ...
    Read more: http://www.tmz.com#ixzz2EUfHnyIM

  • #2
    Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

    A very sad situation

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    • #3
      Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

      It sadly reminds me of what happened with Jeff Alm and his friend who wasn't a teammate though but Jeff accidentally killed himself after watching his friend die he was also 25. He was intoxicated as well.

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      • #4
        Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

        Jerry Jones: We are deeply saddened by the passing of Jerry Brown
        Posted by Michael David Smith on December 8, 2012, 3:34 PM EST

        AP
        Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has released a statement confirming the death of Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the team’s practice squad.

        “We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown,” Jones said. “Our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him.”

        Brown, a 25-year-old who played in one regular season game for the Colts this season before landing on the Cowboys’ practice squad, played his college football at Illinois, where he was a teammate of Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent, who was driving the car in which Brown died this morning.

        Brent was booked into the Irving City Jail on one count of intoxication manslaughter this morning, shortly after Brown died.

        The Cowboys’ team plane is currently en route to Cincinnati, where the team’s game against the Bengals is expected to go on as scheduled.
        http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...brown/related/

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        • #5
          Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

          Apparently he was going to be father this is even more tragic

          http://blacksportsonline.com/home/20...t-life-behind/

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          • #6
            Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

            Lot of stupidity from both men in this case but a sad story

            RIP Jerry
            Counting down the days untill DJ Augustin's contract expires.

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            • #7
              Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

              Stories like this are so frustrating to hear about. These guys have it made and throw it all away by being stupid and careless.

              Two lives are effectively over (along with several others forever changed) for no good reason at all. Condolences to all the families and friends involved.

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              • #8
                Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

                This type of news would be huge if it was the NBA.
                @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!

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                  Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

                  http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...evel-was-0-18/

                  Report: Josh Brent’s blood alcohol level was 0.18

                  Posted by Michael David Smith on December 13, 2012, 8:37 AM EST

                  AP
                  Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent had a blood alcohol level of more than double the legal limit when he crashed his car on Saturday, killing his teammate Jerry Brown.

                  The Dallas Morning News reports that Brent’s blood alcohol level was 0.18. The legal limit is 0.08.

                  According to BloodAlcoholCalculator.org, a person Brent’s weight, 320 pounds, would reach a 0.18 blood alcohol level after drinking 21 shots over a five-hour period.

                  Police say Brent failed field sobriety tests after the crash. Because Brown died, the law allowed Brent’s blood to be drawn against his will.

                  Brent faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter in Brown’s death. Brent has been released from jail on $500,000 bail, which his attorney, George Milner, described as excessive.

                  “It’s outrageous. It’s offensive,” Milner said.

                  Milner was talking about his client’s bail amount, but many would use the same words to describe a person driving after 21 drinks.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

                    http://espn.go.com/dallas/nfl/story/...ng-jerry-brown

                    Cowboys' Josh Brent indicted

                    DALLAS -- A grand jury in Texas has formally indicted Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent on one count of intoxication manslaughter.

                    Brent
                    Brent is charged in connection with a Dec. 8 crash that killed his friend and Cowboys practice squad member Jerry Brown. Brent is out of jail on $100,000 bond.

                    Dallas County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Debbie Denmon says the indictment was returned Wednesday.

                    Police in the Dallas suburb of Irving say Brent was speeding when his vehicle struck a curb and flipped. Brown was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

                    Intoxication manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Brent could be eligible for probation.

                    Denmon says no court dates have been scheduled.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

                      This just gets sadder...

                      http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2013...of-death.html/

                      Dallas Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr.’s blood alcohol level was below the legal driving limit around the time he was killed last month in an Irving car wreck in which his best friend and teammate was driving, according to Brown’s autopsy report.

                      The report says Brown’s blood alcohol content was 0.079. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08. (Clarification: The reading directly from Brown’s blood was actually even lower, at 0.056. The 0.079 reading was from fluid in his eye, which is commonly taken during Dallas autopsies and is normally higher in blood alcohol content than the blood sample.)

                      Josh Brent was driving the car at the time of the Dec. 8 wreck and his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He was indicted last month on a charge of intoxication manslaughter in the death.

                      The autopsy found that Brown died of blunt force injuries of the head and neck. His death was ruled an accident.

                      Neither man was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, according to a police report.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

                        http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-manslaughter/

                        Josh Brent convicted of intoxication manslaughter


                        Former Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent has faced a jury regarding the charge that he drove drunk the night that his friend and former teammate, Jerry Brown, died in an automobile accident. After two days of deliberations, the jury found Brent guilty.

                        Via multiple reports, Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter arising from the December 2012 accident. Brent’s blood-alcohol concentration was measured at 0.18 percent; at trial, a toxicologist testified that, based on Brent’s size, he had 17 drinks.

                        Brent now faces up to 20 years in prison. He also could be placed on probation.

                        On appeal, Brent likely will challenge the decision to admit evidence of the compulsory blood test, given a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that attaches a warrant requirement in some circumstances to the mandatory drawing of blood.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

                          Hmm how comes hes not getting the Donte Stallworth treatment?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

                            He retired that's why

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                              Re: Cowboys player Josh Brent arrested for intoxication manslaughter of teammate Jerry Brown(former Colt)

                              http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...tion/#comments

                              Jerry Jones issues statement after Josh Brent’s conviction

                              Posted by Michael David Smith on January 22, 2014, 8:16 PM EST
                              Jerry Jones
                              AP
                              Hours after former Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter in the death of fellow former Cowboy Jerry Brown, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has issued a brief statement on the matter.

                              “We understand the very serious nature of this situation and express our concerns for all of the families and individuals that have been affected by the tragedy of Jerry Brown’s death,” Jones said.

                              Brent and Brown were friends and former college teammates who went out together in December 2012. According to court testimony, Brent drank excessively and then got behind the wheel, with Brown as his passenger. Brown was killed in the subsequent crash.

                              Brent faces up to 20 years in prison.

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