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Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent retires from NFL

Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent retires from NFL

Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent sacks Carolina Panther Cam Newton
Defensive tackle Josh Brent has retired from the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas Cowboys/Facebook
Josh Brent mugshot
Josh Brent has been arrested multiple times in Dallas County. Photo courtesy of Dallas County Sheriff's Office
Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent
Josh Brent had been on the non-injured reserve list for the Dallas Cowboys since December. sportsgrid.com
Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent sacks Carolina Panther Cam Newton
Josh Brent mugshot
Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent

The complicated NFL career of Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent has come to an unceremonious conclusion. Brent, 25, announced his retirement from professional football on July 18. 

"This is the right decision for me, and something that I have given a lot of thought to. I am at a point where my main focus is all about getting the priorities in my life in order," Brent said in a statement to ESPN Dallas.

Brent is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge for the death of his friend and former teammate Jerry Brown. At the time of the December crash, Brent's recorded blood-alcohol content was nearly twice the legal limit. His legal troubles have only multiplied since being charged in the case.

Brent has been before judge Robert Burns multiple times on allegations of drug and alcohol use. He was temporarily jailed in June after failing a second drug test for marijuana. Burns released Brent with new bond conditions on July 7.

To remain free on a $100,000 bond before his September trial, Brent must wear a drug detection patch at all times and cannot drive under any circumstances. He is also wearing an ankle monitor and meeting regularly with county officials. 

Through all those measures, the defensive tackle had remained on the Cowboys roster, even appearing on the sidelines shortly after the crash. There was speculation the NFL could rule Brent ineligible for training camp, but the accused felon beat the league to the punch.