COMMENTARY | Allow me to attempt to be philosophical for a moment before I dive into the real issue at hand.
We as human beings have this notion that we like to know everything. Especially when it comes to sports, if we have some sort of platform to voice our opinions - whether it be writing articles like this or comment boards on all websites - we want to be right.
As people, we like to think we know the answers to all of life's questions. We try to become the next great philosophical mind, when all we are, are just voices from the outside, using our predictions.
Yet at times, there are questions that just can't be answered, and this goes one of two ways: Either the arrogance behind the glass window is preventing us from the true answer by nature, or people are just not thinking clearly and the ones from the outside looking in are left dumbfounded by force.
I don't think there's anything in this world to describe this mess of a situation.
By now, the tragic death of Jerry Brown is well known and no further details, other than the facts that Brent was the driver and he was drunk, need to be enhanced. Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter, and the trial for that will begin in September.
Now, thinking more on a psychological level, the thought process that should come into play here is that, if you're in trouble with the law already, don't you think it'd be wise to stay away from trouble?
No one sent that message to Brent. He was just released from Dallas County Jail on Sunday, spending just less than two weeks there because he tested positive for marijuana, which violated the terms of his $100,000 bond for said intoxication manslaughter charge.
Keep in mind: His trial is in September. We're about two months away from that. And as we approach training camp beginning on July 21, there's still one glaring issue that can't go unnoticed.
Josh Brent is still on the Dallas Cowboys' roster.
The better question actually, should be, 'Why?' Or maybe, 'How?'
Even some of life's toughest questions don't need to be longer than a few letters. In this situation, this theory is validated.
The difference between this situation and what Aaron Hernandez is facing right now are different by nature, yet both involved the death of another person, in which they were both believed to be involved in said death. The New England Patriots took the right approach in releasing Hernandez just moments after he was arrested.
What are the Cowboys trying to prove here with handling Brent?
This isn't the first time that the franchise has been questioned in what they've done with Brent. Just a week after the Jerry Brown incident, Brent was back on the sidelines for the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Things would've smoothed over if the men in charge of the Dallas organization told Brent to stay home, regardless of some of his teammates wanting him there. That was not the time to do that.
And with this recent news coming out of his marijuana charge and, still, the Cowboys have not done anything in regards to his stance on the roster, this says more about the state of the franchise more than the state of the player.
This franchise is accustomed to having troublemakers in the past. And in the past, they've dealt with it, from Pacman Jones all the way down to Tank Johnson. Why is this situation any different, and what are Jerry and Stephen Jones waiting for? It's time to let him go before the drams spills into training camp. Before we know it, it'll be preseason, and then it'll be the regular season.
If he's still on the roster by the time the Cowboys kick off against the New York Giants on Sept. 8, there's a problem brewing and we can't see it. But we do know it needs to be fixed. This isn't the time to have legal drama over your team. The Patriots are heading into training camp with one less tight end, but at least they know the mind is clear.
Right now, if Brent is in a uniform come training camp, what will we be talking about more? The fact that the Cowboys need to get back to the playoffs in 2013, or that Brent is still on the roster?
Again, more of life's burning questions. At least we know the answer to this one.
It's time to let him go. Now.
Danny Webster is a featured columnist for the Dallas Cowboys. You can reach him by going on Twitter and following @DannyWebster21.
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