State: Bar that served Cowboys may have violations

DALLAS (AP) — State liquor control authorities say there’s evidence a Dallas nightclub was over-serving patrons the night of a fatal crash involving a Dallas Cowboys player.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said Friday that it found “sufficient evidence” that Beamers Private Club in Dallas was selling alcohol to someone already intoxicated and “conducting practices” that encouraged excessive drinking.

Among the club’s patrons was former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent. Authorities say Brent was driving drunk when he crashed Dec. 8 in suburban Dallas, killing practice squad player Jerry Brown.

Investigators believe Beamers was the last place Brent stopped before the accident.

The nightclub is defending itself. Joe Beamer, human resources manager at Private Dallas, the VIP club inside Beamers, says workers are trained “to sell and serve responsibly.”

Brent is charged with intoxication manslaughter and faces trial next month.

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