We’re right back where we were last Monday: talking about football in the wake of a tragedy and wondering why. Only this time, instead of wondering what Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher was thinking, we’re left to wonder why Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent wasn’t thinking. Why didn’t he call for a limo, or a cab, or make use of the NFLPA’s Safe Rides Program? Had he made that call, his best friend and teammate Jerry Brown would still be alive today. And Brent would have been on the field yesterday and not in jail for intoxication manslaughter.
Making that call is the easiest thing in the world to do. Getting behind the wheel of your car, drunk is most ignorant. Especially with a guy like Brent who already had a DUI on his record.
Sure, this isn’t just an NFL problem, it’s a societal problem. And no one has any excuse to ever get behind the wheel of a car intoxicated. But especially NFL’ers, who have a system in place to prevent this very tragedy from happening, and the means, I’ll never understand guys who spend upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars on their cars, but not 50 dollars on a cab. Why? Because it’s bad for your look? You know what’s bad for your look? Being charged with intoxication manslaughter after killing your best friend.
Look, it’s pretty clear these guys are going to drink. That’s fine. Just don’t drive after you do it. The biggest tragedy here is that it was 100 percent preventable. It should have never happened.