Josh Brent Watches Steelers-Cowboys Game From Sideline

Josh Brent Watches Steelers-Cowboys Game From SidelineJosh Brent spent Sunday’s game on the Cowboys sideline, a jarring sight a little more than a week after Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter following a car accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown. But Brent’s presence was requested by his teammates.

‘Criticized’

Brent, a defensive tackle who is on the reserve/non-football injury list for the rest of the season, wore a Cowboys sweatshirt and hat on the sideline through the team’s win against Pittsburgh. Brent had Brown’s No. 57 jersey draped over his shoulder during the national anthem according to some reports, including one from the Dallas Morning News.  Brent’s presence on the sideline was criticized during CBS’s halftime show of the Steelers-Cowboys game.

But the Cowboys players apparently wanted Brent, who was released last Sunday on a $500,000 bond, on the sideline. That follows the words and actions of Brown’s mother, who invited Brent to Brown’s funeral and has expressed that she forgives Brent.


‘Understanding the situation’

“What we wanted to do as an organization was support Jerry Brown’s mom’s wishes,” head coach Jason Garrett said, according to DallasCowboys.com. “The players encouraged Josh to be there, a number of phone calls, ‘You’re coming to the game.’ That’s just our guys understanding the situation, understanding Stacey Jackson’s wishes for Josh. She considers Josh a son and she loves him very much. We love him very much and we’re going to try and support him every way that we can.”

Do you think Josh Brent shouldn’t have shown up at the Steelers-Cowboys game? OR was it a move towards healing? Tell us what you think of the whole situation! Share your thoughts in the comment box below!

Source: Frank Schwab, Yahoo Sports

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U.S. Athletes To Face Huge Tax Bill After Olympics

When Olympic medalists return to the United States, they’re in high demand. Everyone, from Michael Phelps to a bronze medalist in judo will be sitting for television interviews, talking to newspapers, going to assemblies at local schools and celebrating with friends, family and young athletes. They’ll also draw some unwanted interest from everyone’s favorite bureaucrats: the IRS.

Medalists will have to pay hefty taxes for standing on the podium in London. It’s not the value of the medal itself that will require a separate line on this years tax returns, it’s the tax on the prize money that comes with a gold, silver or bronze. The United States Olympic Committee rewards Olympic medalists with honorariums. A gold medal brings $25,000. Silver medals get you $15,000. And a bronze is worth $10,000.


The Weekly Standard, a conservative news magazine, ran the numbers and tabulated that the tax bill on a gold is $8,986, silver is $5,385 and bronze is $3,500. They note that Missy Franklin, an amateur who has yet to cash in on her fame with endorsements, already owes $14,000 in taxes from her gold and silver medal. By the time the Games are finished, Franklin’s tax bill could reach $30,000.

Come on, government. I know you’re as inflexible as the IOC and couldn’t decide on pizza toppings unless a bipartisan commission deliberated for 13 days, but you can’t make an exception to athletes representing our country in the biggest event in the world? It’s not unheard of: Military members are exempt from taxes when they’re deployed in a combat zone.

What can you say about the tax code that governs U.S. Olympians? Does it warrant revision? Share your thoughts with us!

Source: Yahoo News

Image: CBS News