Program Note: Piers Morgan talks to the family of Jerry Brown Jr. tonight at 9 ET on Piers Morgan Tonight.
NEW: Josh Brent is released Sunday from Irving City jail, a source at the jail says
Brent, 24, was driving when his car flipped and caught fire early Saturday, police say
His teammate Jerry Brown, a passenger, was pronounced dead at a hospital
The Cowboys win on a last-second score despite their "numbness," head coach says
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was released from jail on $500,000 bond Sunday – around the time his team pulled off an emotional, last-second win – after his arrest in the fiery weekend car crash that killed his teammate.
Brent was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter after a Mercedes he was driving flipped and caught fire early Saturday in Irving, Texas, the Dallas suburb where the Cowboys are based. He was out of the Irving City jail by 4:45 p.m. (5:45 p.m. ET), said a source at the jail who identified himself only by the last name McBride.
Police said Brent’s car was traveling at high speed when it hit a curb, and officers on the scene “believed alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.”
In an arrest affidavit released Sunday, police reported that Brent was pulling his teammate, Jerry Brown Jr., from the wrecked vehicle when officers reached the scene of the crash. He refused a blood test, but police were able to take a sample from him because the case involved a fatality, the affidavit states.
The car traveled about 900 feet after hitting the curb, said police spokesman John Argumaniz. When officers came upon the scene, Brent was dragging Brown from the car, he said.
Cowboys players were told of Brown’s death on their flight east Saturday for a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, said head coach Jason Garrett. They talked more extensively about the situation during meetings that night.
“My memory is of a big strapping guy with a bright smile on his face, bright eyes, bounce in his step every time I saw him,” Garrett said. “Twenty-five years old, he’s no longer with us. And that’s hard for everybody to handle.”
Despite their heavy hearts, the Cowboys rallied Sunday from nine points down in the game’s final minutes to beat the Bengals 20-19 on a last-second Dan Bailey field goal. Emotional players and coaches could be seen hugging afterward, with defensive lineman Jason Hatcher holding up Brown’s No. 53 jersey.
“I think there was a feeling of numbness out on the field today, but somehow (the players) focused … and we figured out a way to win,” said Garrett, who added that he talked with Brown’s mother after the game. “I thought we honored him as well as he could be honored.”
Brent, 24, in his third season with the team, was booked into the Irving City Jail on one count of intoxication manslaughter – considered a second-degree felony that carries a potential two- to 20-year prison sentence with a maximum $10,000 fine.
The charge he faces is a second-degree felony that carries a potential two- to 20-year prison sentence with a maximum $10,000 fine.
In a statement issued through his agent Saturday night, Brent said he was “devastated” over the accident and “filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and team mate, Jerry Brown.”
“I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed enough to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life,” the statement said.
Brent pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in 2009, according to court records in Champaign, Illinois. The records list Brent, who played football with Brown at the University of Illinois, as Joshua Price-Brent, the same name listed in the Irving police report. The athlete got a 60-day sentence, a fine and 200 hours of community service.
CNN’s Lateef Mungin, Chandler Friedman and Greg Botelho reported from Atlanta. CNN’s Jason Durand contributed to this report.