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At Least 12 Cowboys Were Reported at Dallas Private Club

Dec 11, 2012

Domingo Ramirez Jr and Clarence E. Hill Jr.

At least 12 Dallas Cowboys players were at a private club Friday night in the hours before one of them was fatally injured in a wreck and another went to jail, according to a Twitter account registered to a promoter for the trendy club.

"I have 12 Cowboys in theeee building!!!!!!!!!!Privae," a promoter/event coordinator for Privae Dallas tweeted late Friday.

Early Saturday, Jerry Brown Jr., 25, a linebacker on the Cowboys' practice squad, was fatally injured when a car driven by his roommate, defensive lineman Josh Brent, 24, crashed on a Texas 114 service road in Irving.

Brent faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter. He was released from the Irving Jail on Sunday after posting $500,000 bail.

Brent was at the team's Valley Ranch headquarters Monday to visit teammates and coaches, and he sought treatment from medical staff, coach Jason Garrett said.

Brent sustained minor injuries in the crash, Irving police had said.

"He was obviously very distraught about the situation," Garrett said. "But again, it's a day-by-day situation, and we're all going to try to help him get through it."

Brent is still on the team's active roster, and NFL officials have not addressed his status.

"We don't know any specifics about that," Garrett said. "What we want to do as an organization, as players, as coaches and this entire organization, is let him know he should feel supported everywhere he turns. It's a very challenging situation for him."

Soon after the crash, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission began investigating where the pair had been and if they were overserved alcohol, a TABC spokeswoman has said.

Brent refused early Saturday to tell police where he had been drinking.

Several news agencies have reported that Brent, Brown and other Cowboys were at Privae, a private club frequented by NFL and NBA stars above a club called Beamers at Walnut Hill Lane and Interstate 35E (Stemmons Freeway) in northwest Dallas.

On Monday, Privae manager Joe Beamer posted a statement on the club's website that said in part: "We are fully cooperating with the TABC and Irving police, and respect that the event is under investigation."

He has referred all questions to Irving police.

If violations are found, the agency can fine a business or suspend or cancel its alcohol permit.

The wreck was first reported at 2:21 a.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of the north service road of Texas 114. The first Irving officers to arrive reported that Brent was dragging Brown from a 2007 Mercedes-Benz, which was on fire, authorities said.

The car had rolled at least once, investigators have said.

Brown was pronounced dead at 2:57 a.m. at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

A private memorial service is set for today. Brent will likely attend, Garrett said.

"I haven't spoken to him specifically about that, but we would anticipate him [being there]. Our team will be there, and everyone close to this organization who knew Jerry will be here," Garrett said. "He and Jerry were very close in college, very close since they've been here together, and it's a really, really difficult situation for him."

Source: (c)2012 Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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