Just over a week after his involvement in a one-car accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown, Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent was on the Dallas sideline before the Cowboys' game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Brent was seen on the sideline during pregame introductions, and he had Brown's jersey draped over his shoulder during the national anthem. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said earlier this week that the team would embrace Brent as he deals with the ramifications of the accident, thanks in part to the forgiveness for Brent shown by Brown's mother.
"I've forgiven him, because he has enough on his plate with just reliving the whole thing over and over and over, and that's going to be for the rest of his life," said Stacey Jackson, Brown's mother.
Brent was arrested at the scene of the accident on Saturday, Dec. 8, for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. After Brown died, the charges were increased to intoxication manslaughter. Brent's blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was 0.18, according to the Dallas Morning News.
During the CBS halftime show, Boomer Esiason and Bill Cowher criticized the move, calling it "insensitive" and saying it sends a bad message.
The Cowboys and Steelers are tied, 10-10, at halftime of their game in Dallas.