Josh Brent's Central Catholic jersey (right) is posted on a wall inside Central Catholic High School, next to the jersey of fellow NFL veteran Michael Hoomanawanui. (Photo by Bryan Bloodworth/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - Josh Brent's Central Catholic High School football jersey that was taken down from display at the school yesterday following his arrest on intoxication manslaughter charges has been put back up at the school.
Principal Joy Allen said the jersey was taken down yesterday morning, two days following the crash that the Dallas Cowboys player was involved in that killed teammate Jerry Brown. Allen said it was a joint decision - one was that was made quickly.
"We've had time to think about it and to pray about it and we have now put the jersey and his photo back up on the wall," Allen said. "We had a lot of strong reactions and opinions coming in as all schools do." Allen said.
Allen said the focus now is on Brown's family and on Brent.
"Right now, we're just really dealing with the tragedy of the whole accident and trying to pray and figure out how we can help all of the members of the family with Jerry and for Josh, the wisdom and prayers for the future that lies ahead of him," Allen said.
Allen said students plan to hold a special prayer service at noon on Thursday to pray for Brown's family and for Brent.
Brent, who starred at CCHS and later at the University of Illinois, was allegedly speeding and drunk when the crash happened early Saturday morning. He was released from jail in Irving, Tex. on Sunday after posting a $500,000 bond. He was reportedly back at the Cowboys training facility yesterday.
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