Jerry Brown Jr.'s mother forgives Cowboys' Josh Brent

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League editor
  • Published: Dec. 16, 2012 at 09:52 a.m.

The mother of deceased Cowboys linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. will have to live with terrible grief for the rest of her life after losing her son. But even in these tragic circumstances, she is focused on forgiveness.

Brown's mother Stacey Jackson does not want Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent prosecuted after being charged with intoxication manslaughter following Brown's death in a car accident.

"I've forgiven (Brent), because he has enough on his plate with just reliving the whole thing over and over, and that's going to be for the rest of his life," Jackson told WFAA-TV via FoxSportsSouthwest.

She told Brent at her son's memorial service that it wasn't his fault.

"[Brent] just knew that I was going to blame him, or go off on him or hit him ?? but no," Jackson said Friday. "Jerry would frown down on me if I did that, because that's not the way I raised him.

"He wouldn't want you to blame yourself, because both of y'all didn't have seat belt. It was like a little burden lifted off [Brent]."

The compassion shown by Brown's family is extraordinary considering the circumstances. It may not help Brent's legal case, but it is surely comforting to him in such a dark time.