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Either New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard messed up by driving drunk or Lincoln, Neb., or the police messed up by accusing him of doing so.
That will be decided in court, but in either case this is probably not the best time to test the Patriots' patience, what with the Pats having cut their tight end because he got accused of murder.
According to the Lincoln Journal-Star , officers pulled him over at 2 a.m. after spotting him driving in some way they didn't like. He was taken in on suspicion of drunk driving but declined to provide a breath sample. In Nebraska, the minimum penalty for a first-time DUI conviction is probation that includes a 60-day driver's license revocation, $500 fine and an ignition interlock system is required to be installed in the driver's car.
But Dennard, 24, could be facing harsher consequences. Last year he punched a cop, was convicted and sentenced to 30 days in jail and two years probation. A judge allowed an arrangement for him to serve the jail time during the 2014 offseason. Dennard's probation terms, according to the Journal-Star, included that he not break any laws and refrain from "disorderly conduct or acts injurious to others." The judge permitted him to drink alcohol during his probation term.
On the scale of misbehavior, this is a lot closer to your typical young athlete fare than Aaron Hernandez's murder trial. It is the kind of stuff NFL teams have gotten good at addressing and moving on from. Depending how good the player is, it's typically a "We'll let the justice system play out" approach, which is fair enough under most circumstances.
It's just that Dennard may have caught the Patriots at a bad time.
He's a good player, a projected starter, but certainly not someone the Patriots would have a hard time replacing if that's what they wanted to do. Then again, they might not. He was a steal in the 2012 draft, a star from Nebraska who fell to the seventh round because teams had some concerns about his character.
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News surfaced early yesterday that Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard had been arrested for driving under the influence in Nebraska. Dennard was pulled over at 2 A.M. in Lincoln, Nebraska after police say Dennard’s car was “straddling a lane.”
Various reports also stated that the 23-year old Dennard refused to take a sobriety test after being pulled over, but today the Patriots...
Alfonzo Dennard, who already had a brush with the law shortly after being drafted and still faces a 30-day jail sentence, is the latest New England Patriots player to make news with an arrest. Last Thursday, Dennard was stopped by police and charged with Driving Under the Influence. The Patriots responded by expressing disappointment. If anything, Bill Belichick is probably embarrassed...
Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on Thursday morning for suspicion of DUI.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, a source close to Dennard says that he claims that he never failed a field sobriety test.
Details from someone who heard Alfonzo Dennard's side of his arrest: He attempted to blow for breathalyzer twice. Told he was below limit…
New England Patriots defensive back Alfonzo Dennard, 24, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Thursday in Lincoln, Neb. according to the Omaha World Herald.
Lincoln police Capt. Jason Stille told the World Herald that officers spotted a westbound Honda straddling the lane line on Normal Blvd. in Lincoln between 50th and 56th Streets about 2 a.m. local time.
A.B. According to Yahoo! Sports, “New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested early Thursday morning in Lincoln, Neb. on suspicion of driving under the influence charges.”
As you might remember, Dennard was recently found guilty of assaulting a police officer and sentenced to 24 months probation with a delayed jail sentence of 30 days.
Numerous reports indicate...
Alfonzo Dennard‘s side of Thursday’s arrest seems to contradict the reasoning behind his arrest.
Dennard was picked up early Thursday morning on “suspicion of DUI,” but his camp is refuting the reports from the Lincoln, Neb., police department, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
A person close to Dennard told Rapoport that the Patriots cornerback tried to blow...
Another Patriots player is in the news for the wrong reasons. Defensive back Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence.
Alfonzo Dennard‘s timing couldn’t be worse.
There’s never really a good time to be arrested, but if there was ever a worst time for it to happen it’s now.
Dennard was taken into custody by Lincoln, Neb., police on “suspicion of DUI,” early Thursday morning. He hasn’t been convicted or even arraigned yet, but Dennard’s mere association with legal trouble just piles...
Alfonzo Dennard‘s arrest early Thursday morning further complicated an already complex Patriots offseason. Now, it may complicate his place at Patriots training camp, too.
Dennard was released from a Lincoln, Neb., jail early on Thursday, but only after being cited for DUI, refusal of a chemical test and straddling lane lines, according to the Boston Globe. He was assigned a court...
Alfonzo Dennard might be the stupidest man in the NFL. He should get cut just for sheer stupidity.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) July 11, 2013
According to vacationing nugget basin, Peter King, recently arrested Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard leads the league in stupid. At least MAYBE. That’s only because Aaron Hernandez and Vince Young aren’t technically in the league...
Alfonzo Dennard doesn’t seem to have gotten the message. It may just cost him his job.
The Patriots cornerback was arrested last night around 2:00am in Lincoln NE, on suspicion of DUI. Even if he was not drunk, he showed incredible lack of judgement just by being out on the town at 2:00am in a city in which he was already convicted of assaulting a police officer.
Because Bob Kraft...
Bill Belichick looks like he is slowly losing control of the New England Patriots locker room, and by the time he gets it back the team may not be a contender. As if the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation wasn’t enough of a distraction, starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has now been arrested on suspicion of driving [...]
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist In the past few months, more than two dozen NFL players and a sprinkling of front-office executives have been arrested for crimes ranging from petty to deadly.
No matter how bad it looks, remember that's not a crime wave by any fair measure, let alone by league standards. Think of it instead as just the cost of doing business...