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Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent Kills Fellow Cowboy in DUI Crash

The National Football League has a serious DUI problem. With the recent DUI manslaughter over the weekend, should the NFL take heed and start addressing the elephant in the room?

This weekend, Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was in an alleged DUI crash in Irving, Texas.

Brent was allegedly intoxicated behind the wheel on Saturday night. The accident resulted in the death of his teammate and friend, Jerry Brown, writes the Huffington Post.

At the time of the accident, Brent had been speeding when his vehicle hit a curb and flipped over. According to the Huffington Post, there is a culture of drunk driving in the NFL, among its players.

The NFL has mechanisms in place to curb drunk driving, but are they really working? Free rides for drunk NFL players are just a phone call away, as part of a program to prevent NFL players from driving while impaired. Clearly, however, Brent either wasn't aware of this program or was indifferent to it on Saturday.

When officers arrived at the scene on Saturday, they found Brent to be responsive and able to speak with officers, reports CBS News. That's when they conducted a field sobriety test and arrested him immediately, on suspicion of DUI.

Unfortunately, it was already too late for Brown, who was found unresponsive. Once Brown was declared dead, the charges against Brent became more severe, as he was charged with manslaughter.

This isn't Brent's first DUI. He pleaded guilty three years ago in Illinois. This raises the question on DUI enforcement within the NFL. The Huffington Post reports that 112 of the 385 NFL arrests between 2000 and 2008 involved DUI.

Should the NFL take a harsher stance towards DUI? If a player has a history of DUI, should he even be allowed in to the NFL? Or should the NFL mandate ignition interlock devices on all vehicles driven by NFL players?

These questions, and many more, are sure to be asked over the coming weeks as the NFL mourns one of its own.

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