On the night Jerry Brown was killed in a car crash, he and teammate Josh Brent were among several Dallas Cowboys at the club Privae, according to a USA Today report.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Irving police are investigating the club to see if alcohol was “served to somebody who was intoxicated, which is illegal in Texas,” TABC spokeswoman Carolyn Beck told the paper.
Brown was a passenger with Brent when the car flipped after hitting a curb. The crash occurred within five miles of Privae. Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter, and posted $500,000 bail.
The Cowboys also will conduct their own investigation to find out how many players were at the club, coach Jason Garrett told the Star-Telegram.
“We’re not into that process right now,” Garrett told the paper. “We’re a couple of days away from that. I think we’re all kind of trying to get our arms around what happened. We’re all trying to be very respectful to Jerry’s family and certainly Josh’s situation and really just trying to get through today. That’s where we are.
In response, Privae posted a statement on their website:
“In regard to the auto accident that took the life of Dallas Cowboy Jerry Brown, we are saddened by the events of the weekend. Our hearts go out to Mr. Brown’s family and friends, and the entire Cowboys organization. Privae Dallas is a club that offers its guests a special level of privacy and often caters to celebrities. The safety of our guests is very important to us, and our staff is trained to follow the regulations set forth by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).
“We are fully cooperating with the TABC and Irving police, and respect that the event is under investigation. Because of that, we must ask that all questions be directed to the Irving police department and their team.”
The Cowboys invited Brent to Tuesday’s private memorial service for Brown.
“We want to embrace Josh and let him know that this is a good place for him,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett told reporters Monday. “Being around Valley Ranch, being around his teammates (and) coaches is a good thing for him. We certainly anticipate him being there tomorrow. I haven’t spoken to him specifically about that, but we anticipate it and he’s certainly welcome to be there.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday morning on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM that Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, requested that Brent meet her at the airport and sit with the Brown family at the service.
“We’re going to support Josh 100 percent in every way that we can,” Garrett said. “The players will do that, the coaches will do that and everyone in our organization will do that. … We all love him and we’re going to be there for him.”
NFL NOTEBOOK: Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who leads the team in receiving yards (1,028) and touchdown catches (9), spent Monday afternoon having his left index finger checked by a hand specialist to determine if he will need season-ending surgery.
Cowboys officials offered no medical updates Monday beyond coach Garrett saying the team has yet to receive a “definitive diagnosis” of what is wrong with Bryant’s finger. If surgery is needed, Bryant’s season would be over. “We’ll see what his status is as we go forward … and what his availability will be,” Garrett said. “Dez is very passionate about playing. We’re going to do everything we can to give him a chance to play. At the same time, there’s a medical decision … and we’ll do the right thing.” Garrett said Bryant injured the finger before making a pivotal, 27-yard touchdown catch with 6:35 remaining the in team’s 20-19 victory over Cincinnati. Garrett said Bryant was able to continue playing “on adrenaline” after the injury and noted that, after adrenaline wears off, the true nature of an injury often surfaces. “We’ve just got to get the report from the doctor,” Garrett said. “We don’t know the extent of the injury, so we’re still evaluating.”
Losing Bryant could be devastating to the Cowboys (7-6) in their playoff push. The third-year pro from Oklahoma State is in the middle of the best extended stretch of his career, with 35 catches for 525 yards and seven touchdowns in Dallas’ past five games.
The Cowboys are 4-1 in that stretch and Bryant has caught at least one touchdown pass in five consecutive games. If Bryant is sidelined, Kevin Ogletree (28 catches, 390 yards, 3 TDs) and Dwayne Harris (11 catches, 135 yards, 0 TDs) would have larger roles in Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh (7-6).