TABC declines to release report on Dallas club that served Josh Brent before crash

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The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has declined to release a report on its investigation into whether a Dallas nightclub oversold alcohol to a former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman before a car crash in December in which a teammate was killed.

Josh Brent, 25, who retired from the Cowboys in July, has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of Jerry Brown on Dec. 8 in Irving.

Authorities have said Brent's blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit. His trial is set to begin Sept. 23.

TABC investigators found sufficient evidence that employees of Beamers Private Club, 2443 Walnut Hill Lane, sold drinks to an intoxicated person and that the club promoted excessive consumption by patrons, according to a news release.

TABC has the authority to fine, suspend or cancel a liquor permit if it is found, after an administrative hearing, that an employee sold or served an alcoholic beverage to an intoxicated person.

In response to an open records request, the agency has asked the Texas attorney general to determine whether the report is subject to the Public Information Act. In the meantime, the TABC will not release the investigative report, the release said.

“No administrative action will take place until after the completion of the criminal case,” said Carolyn Beck, a TABC spokeswoman.

In a statement emailed Friday, Joe Beamer, the club’s human resources manager, said: “Every staff member who sells and serves alcoholic beverages to our guests has been certified by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and has undergone additional training through our in-house policies and procedures. We sell and serve responsibly. Due to pending litigation it is not fair or appropriate for us to comment further.”

At least 12 Cowboys players were at Beamers in the hours before the wreck, according to media reports.

A native of Bloomington, Ill., Brent was arrested in February 2009 for driving while intoxicated and was suspended indefinitely from the University of Illinois football team during his sophomore season.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 days in jail, two years probation, 200 hours of community service and a fine of about $2,000. Brent completed his probation in July 2011.

Brent returned to the team for his junior season. The Cowboys drafted him in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL supplemental draft.

This includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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