District Attorney not surprised Josh Brent failed second drug test

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Josh Brent was jailed last week after a second failed drug test. (USATSI)
Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent remains in jail after failing a second drug test in less than a month while out on bond facing an intoxication manslaughter charge. According to the Associated Press, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins said in a recent radio interview that Brent "still uses alcohol and illicit drugs," and Watkins wants him jailed for the automobile crash that took the life of a teammate.

In December, Brent was behind the wheel during a single-car accident that left passenger Jerry Brown dead. Brent's blood-alcohol level at the time was more than twice the legal limit. He had been free on a $100,000 bond before failing the second drug test.

Watkins told KRLD-FM last week that he wasn't surprised Brent failed the two drug tests.

"Addictions are very hard to overcome, and we see this on a daily basis," he said. "And so this is par for the course. Obviously, Josh Brent has an issue with alcohol and you just can't one day decide that you're going to stop using it. So I think he's struggling with that. So I'm not surprised with the outcome of what's going on with this case, I just hope that at the end of it, justice will be served for Mr. Brent and the citizens of Dallas County."

Watkins also cringed at the notion that his office has been in communication with Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones.

"I had been asked earlier if I had been in contact with Jerry Jones on the Josh Brent situation, and it's kind of mind-boggling that I would have any contact with Mr. Jones on this issue," Watkins said. "He is not a party to this prosecution. This is an issue that Brent is going to have to work out with his employer.

"So I'm not going to get in the middle of if he should be a Cowboy or if he should be cut from the team. I am just in the position of saying that he committed a crime, we're going to ask a jury or a judge to make a determination of if he's guilty, and if that happens, we'll ask that he lose his freedom. So we're not in a position to make a determination of if he should still be employed with the Dallas Cowboys or the NFL. That's up to them. We haven't been in contact with Jerry Jones on this case, and we don't expect to because that will not play a part in how we pursue prosecution."


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