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Pre-trial comments by attorneys restricted in Josh Brent case

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A so-called modified gag order was put in place Friday for attorneys involved in the intoxication manslaughter trial of former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent.

Attorneys for both sides can still talk to the media, but Judge Robert Burns warned them excessive publicity before the trial has started is a problem.

Judge Burns said he wants to make sure a potential jury pool will not be tainted.

The attorney for Josh Brent asked Burns for some type of restrictions on public comments after Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins discussed the case on a local sports radio station.

Watkins told the radio station Brent "still uses alcohol and illicit drugs."

Brent has tested positive twice for drugs since his arrest and spent time in jail at the start of July.

Brent attended Friday's hearing, but did not speak to reporters. Brent retired from the NFL on Thursday.

Brent, 25, faces trial in September for the death of teammate Jerry Brown, Jr. in a December automobile wreck.

Authorities believe Brent had been drinking and driving when he crashed his car, killing his friend and teammate. His blood alcohol levels were more than twice the legal limit.

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