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NFL notebook: Former Cowboys lineman Josh Brent gets 180-day jail sentence, probation

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Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent avoided prison Friday and instead was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown.

Brent was convicted Wednesday of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash on a suburban Dallas highway that killed Brown, who was a passenger in Brent’s car. Brent could have been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. He was also fined $10,000.

Brent, 25, closed his eyes when the judge read the jury’s verdict. He was kept in custody after the hearing.

One of his attorneys, Kevin Brooks, described the former defensive tackle as “somber.”

“I’m really kind of overwhelmed with the results,” Brooks said. “It’s kind of what we’ve been fighting for from Day 1. I’m happy for Josh. Josh is still sad and grieving and that’s something he’s going to carry with him the rest of his life.”

Brent’s family members and supporters cried and hugged as the courtroom emptied after the hearing. His mother, LaTasha Brent, spoke briefly as she left the courthouse, saying she was there to support her son.

Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, wasn’t in the courtroom when the verdict was read. She publicly forgave Brent, and said during Thursday’s sentencing proceedings: “He’s still responsible, but you can’t go on in life holding a grudge. We all make mistakes.”

Jackson was the last witness the jury heard, and lead prosecutor Heath Harris said her testimony probably helped Brent get probation.

Sherman draws fine

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was fined $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct/taunting in the final minute of the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco.

Sherman’s fine was confirmed by the league Friday.

Sherman was flagged after he made a choking gesture toward the San Francisco bench that he said was directed at quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Sherman had just deflected a pass intended for Michael Crabtree in the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker Malcolm Smith and clinched Seattle’s 23-17 victory.

Sherman ran over and, after tapping Crabtree on the backside, extended his hand for a handshake. Crabtree then shoved Sherman in the face. The All-Pro cornerback then made the choking gesture. Sherman was the only player fined in the game.

Giants lineman retires

New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl retired after an 11-year career that included two Super Bowl titles. The fifth-round draft pick became a cornerstone of tough offensive lines. He missed only 12 games in his career, starting at every position on the line but center. He was selected to the 2009 Pro Bowl.

Around the league

The San Diego Chargers hired former NFL player Pete Metzelaars as tight ends coach. He replaces Jason Michael, who was hired to be offensive coordinator with Tennessee. … New England Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio became the eighth candidate to interview for the job of general manager with the Miami Dolphins.


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