Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent announced his retirement two days before the team was due to report to training camp so he can focus on his off-field issues.
Brent is facing intoxication manslaughter charges stemming from a car accident in December in which Jerry Brown, a practice squad linebacker for the Cowboys and a close friend, was killed. He then allegedly tested positive for marijuana twice and was held in jail for 11 days for violating the terms of his bond release before being released last weekend.
Brent was not expected to play in 2013 as he is due in court Friday and his trial on the manslaughter charge is scheduled to begin Sept. 23.
"This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to," Brent, 25, said in a statement. "I am at a point where my main focus is about getting priorities in my life in order. Those priorities are more important than football. Doing the right things in life are more important than football. I love the game very much. I love my teammates, but this is the right thing for me to do."
Although Brent had remained on the Cowboys' roster, he did not take part in offseason workouts and wasn't expected to participate in training camp. Last season, Brent played in 12 games, including five starts.