Club under investigation
Source of alcohol involved in fatal crash comes under state scrutiny.
Agents with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission are investigating a club where Dallas Cowboys players might have been before a wreck killed one player early Saturday in Irving and put another in jail.
If violations are found, the club, which a TABC official did not identify Sunday, could be fined or its license could be canceled.
Defensive tackle Josh Brent, 24, refused to tell Irving police the name of the club when questioned at the scene of the accident where fellow player Jerry Brown Jr., 25, was killed, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released Sunday. Brent was driving a 2007 Mercedes-Benz and was arrested shortly after the wreck, police said.
Radio station 105.3 The Fan reported that Brent and Brown had been at Privae Dallas, a private club where comedian Shawn Wayans performed Friday night. Officials with Privae Dallas could not be reached Sunday, but a Twitter account registered to the club indicated that team members were at the club Friday. “#Cowboys!! Surprise Celeb guests!!” it said.
TABC agents began their investigation early Saturday, just hours after the crash.
“We’re establishing where they had been and if they were sold alcohol while they were drunk,” agency spokeswoman Carolyn Beck said.
Beck said that agents will interview patrons, servers, bartenders and any other witnesses who were in the club. In addition, agents will gather receipts and obtain video from surveillance cameras at the club.
“The investigation could take days or it could take months,” Beck said.
Bail was set Sunday at $500,000 for Brent, who faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle in the death of Brown. The two were also teammates at the University of Illinois.
Local television news stations were reporting Sunday that Brent’s attorney, George Milner of Dallas, called the bail amount “excessive,” but Irving police said Brent was free after posting bail Sunday evening.
Brent declined to provide a blood specimen to authorities at the scene of the crash early Saturday, according to the affidavit. He was taken to a hospital for a mandatory blood draw because a death was involved, Irving police said.
Results of the blood tests could take weeks, authorities said.
An Irving officer at the scene said that he “could smell a moderate odor of alcohol” and “observed sufficient clues to indicate that (Brent) had lost his mental and physical faculties to operate a motor vehicle” after he conducted field sobriety tests on Brent, according to the affidavit.
Brent suffered minor injuries in the wreck, police said.
Kenny Perry and Sean O’Hair birdied five of the last six holes to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Sunday in Naples, Fla.
The 52-year-old Perry became the oldest player to win the Shootout, and also won for the third time with a different partner. He won with John Huston in 2005 and Scott Hoch in 2008.
Perry and O’Hair will split $750,000 of the $3 million purse.
Rory Sabbatini and Charles Howell III made a charge on the back nine that included an eagle on a par-4 but finished one stroke back at 30-under 186. They had a 15-under 57 in the scramble format in the final round on the Gold Course at Tiburon Golf Club.
Jason Dufner and Vijay Singh finished third at 28