Former Sooners’ standouts James Hanna and DeMarco Murray and their Dallas Cowboys’ teammates were dealt tragedy in December when two of their teammates were involved in a car crash. Practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown was killed while nose tackle Josh Brent is awaiting trial for intoxication manslaughter. He could receive between two to 20 years in prison.
Recent reports released said that Brent was going at least 110 miles per hour. Brent’s blood-alcohol level was .189, more than twice the legal limit.
So why is this appearing on the Oklahoma blog? Yes, Brent and Brown formerly played for Illinois, but they are just one DUI case of many athletes that Sports Illustrated senior writer Thomas Lake wrote about in his story this week, Drinking and Driving and Dying.
Professional athletes do not cause more DUI fatalities than other Americans—they just make more headlines. But with so many resources in place for athletes to avoid driving drunk and numerous high-profile tragedies in recent years, senior writer Thomas Lake wonders in this week’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED why athletes today simply don’t know better?
The article isn’t available in its full capacity online, but the story is a “rough timeline of the most high profile drinking and driving related accidents involving professional athletes, including many that included fatalities like last year’s DUI related accident involving Josh Brent of the Dallas Cowboys that killed his teammate and friend Jerry Brown.”
You can read snippets of it here.
I know many Sooners fans are also Cowboys fans, or possibly even fans of one of the DUI deaths highlighted in Lake’s piece, but even if you’re not, the story is a haunting piece of how serious drinking and driving and dying really is among elite athletes.
It’s worth reading and passing along.