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Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent fails drug test while awaiting trial

Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent fails drug test while awaiting trial

Just weeks after a judge declined to jail him over allegations of alcohol use, Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent has tested positive for marijuana. Judge Robert Burns ordered Brent to take a drug test on May 24, when he was in a hearing about possible parole violations in his intoxication manslaughter case. 

On the night of December 8, Brent crashed his Mercedes in Irving and killed his friend and teammate Jerry Brown. Brent's recorded blood-alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit.

After posting a $100,000 bond, Brent has been allowed to remain out of jail as long as he abided by the conditions of his release, including wearing an ankle monitor, not using alcohol or drugs, and meeting regularly with a county officer. 

Brent made a controversial appearance on the Cowboys' sideline days after Brown's death and was later barred from attending games. He is still listed on the team roster.

At a May 24 hearing, Dallas County prosecutors alleged that Brent's alcohol monitor had been triggered several times. Brent's attorney argued that the results were inconclusive and could prove nothing more than cough syrup or mouthwash use.

The judge declined to jail Brent over the alcohol violations but did order him to give a urine sample. A hearing to decide what to do about Brent's alleged drug use has been set for June 21. The prosecution says Brent is a threat to society and should be jailed pending the conclusion of his trial. 

Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent
Josh Brent is still listed on the Dallas Cowboys roster.