Posted July 19, 2013

Report: Patriots do not plan to cut Alfonzo Dennard after DUI arrest

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Alfonzo Dennard could have his probation revoked after being arrested for DUI last week. (Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

Alfonzo Dennard could see his probation revoked after last week’s arrest for suspicion of DUI. (Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

Patriots second-year cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has had more than his share of legal issues this offseason, strapped with a deferred 30-day jail sentence for assaulting a police officer in April and being arrested a week ago for suspicion of driving under the influence. In the wake of the Patriots’ releasing Aaron Hernandez upon his arrest and murder charges, Dennard’s future in New England appeared rocky. Not yet, according to a report from the Boston Globe‘s Ben Volin.

From the Globe:

The team is, however, prepared for Dennard to be suspended by the NFL under the player conduct policy. As a reference point, Lions cornerback Aaron Berry was suspended for three games in 2012 after getting arrested twice in the offseason. An NFL spokesman said only that Dennard’s case is “under review.”

The morning after his arrest, the Patriots said in a statement that they “are extremely disappointed to learn of Alfonzo Dennard’s arrest. We take this matter very seriously and are working to get more information on the incident.”

The Patriots had slotted Dennard as a starter at corner after he recorded 35 tackles, three interceptions, forced a fumble and returned a pick for a touchdown as a rookie. He fell to the seventh round of last year’s draft because of his arrest.

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Dennard and his representatives have disputed the evidence surrounding his DUI arrest in Lincoln, Neb. last week, claiming that Dennard blew into a breathalyzer twice and registered below the legal limit, and passed a field sobriety test. The police officer reported Dennard did not blow hard enough into the breathalyzer tube to record an accurate measurement.

Dennard is already on probation after his conviction of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest during an incident in Lincoln. Dennard does not have to serve his 30-day jail sentence until March 2014, but his probation could be in question. Nebraska prosecutors are requesting his probation be revoked which could be determined in court on July 31 — five days after the Patriots begin training camp.


42 comments
Washheightsboy
Washheightsboy

But the Hispanic guy has a brush with the law and he's cut that day?  

Thomas9
Thomas9

At least he didn't buttfumble.

Theo
Theo

It's not like he killed anyone right? Sarcasm. . . . yet another in a long list of things leading to the end of this unlikely Pats era. Weakest AFC East in history and Uggboy gets gifted a cupcake schedule. These two would have been destroyed in the North. Good riddance.

donhusky007
donhusky007

i thought all new england starters knew how to blow.  just ask billapuke.  he only assaulted the cop a little bit and he wasn't That drunk as to kill someone in a cross walk at five in the morning and get away scot free.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Come on  Patriots you are not keeping Dennard because you believe he deserved a second chance... You are keeping him because you are desperate at the position, We all know how the Pats treat players who are not named Tom Brady, ITS CALLED Karma Pats get use to it, there is a lot more where that came from

comeflywithme23
comeflywithme23

josh Brent this how u drink and drive with out kill some one

Alfonzo Dennard

Manziels_Shot_Glass
Manziels_Shot_Glass

Wow what a classy organization we have here. Bunch of scumbags


Except Tom Brady. He's a scumbag to the 5th power.

6marK6
6marK6

Yeah. Hernandez has kind of caused any infraction under the status of 1st degree murder to be seen as trivial.

comeflywithme23
comeflywithme23

Patriots only release u if u cost to much money or you killed someone so your are fine Dennard.

John4
John4

Why would the Patriots cut Dennard?  It's just a DUI (while on probation).  It's not like he killed anyone.   

cpi8888
cpi8888

The patriot way..lmao

tom o
tom o

Sounds a little dodgy.."didn't blow hard enough"..sounds like he mouthed off to the cops

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Things I hate most, in order:

1) The Patriots

2) Facebook

3) Nuclear war


SeanHHS
SeanHHS

Do you think the Patriots will win another Super Bowl with Tom Brady?

AB.JITSU
AB.JITSU

This just in.....THE PATRIOTS SUCK

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

Of course they are.  The facade they portray of caring about integrity and character has always been a sham.  As long as they don't get caught murdering anyone the pats will keep them. 

donhusky007
donhusky007

@6marK6 you are right.  it is all relative.  first degree murder (times 3) is a far cry from a cop beating and a half case of beer.

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@cpi8888 It's actually the NFL way now. Basically you keep anyone around who can play, unless they actually kill someone. Better for a team to make money than to look good.

cpi8888
cpi8888

Really the moral of the story is to never go to a town in which you have beaten up a police office

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@SeanHHS Actually I still think he's good enough but the Patriots just don't have a good enough defense anymore. Manning or Brady could win almost anywhere if they have a D to back them up. Same could be said for Rodgers or Brees as well.

GT500456
GT500456

@SeanHHS I don't think so.   Brady will be 36 before the season starts, and realisitically, he's got a 3-year window to win.   The issue is that the league has become even faster over Brady's career   He's got concrete blocks for feet on a good day, and defenses know this.     

Brady would do well for his legacy to not go back to the SB and lose -- otherwise, we'll be discussing his legacy as "he's lost the last three SBs he started."

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@KevinDoucette Uh, actually this is how our society works, not just the NFL.   Most people do not lose their jobs over a DUI, regardless of the sanctimonious blathering of you moral high grounders.

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@CraigLiszt @randomdeletion You're actually right. People don't hate the Patriots because they cheated or anything of the sort. People hate sports teams because they win. No other reason. Did people hate the Bengals when they had half their team arrested? Of course not. Nobody cared because they didn't win. New England has had a chance to get to the SB for the past 12 or so and people hate them for that. It's the same in any sport.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@CraigLiszt  Hahaha... jealous?  Of what?  Having low character criminals on your team?  Sure, I am sooooo jealous.  I knew they didn't have the fortitude to stand by what they say and release this punk.  They are desperate and only care about wins.  

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@RonBieganski And your point is?   If you are so worked up about athletes committing crimes, you should still be more worked up about the rest of society, which commits far more crimes and is a serious threat to you every single day.  But I guess that it is much easier to yell at high profile guys cuz it makes your feel as if you are being a voice for society.   I get it. 

RonBieganski
RonBieganski

@JoeCabot @KevinDoucette The rest of society doesn't make millions, have a limo ready if they call, have counselors, security from the tem looking out for them, 3-5 years on average to be professional ball players, and work in a profession that is high profile entertainment!

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@KevinDoucette I am going to pass on your invitation to leave.  If you are sick of athletes getting arrested, then you must be disgustingly ill over the rest of society, which far outnumbers professional athletes and commits far more crimes. 

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

@JoeCabot @KevinDoucette The story is not just the DUI. It's the DUI on top of the conviction of assaulting an officer. Sounds like a possible serial offender to many people. Sorry if people are getting sick of these multimillionaire athletes acting like they're above the law. There's another athlete getting arrested almost daily now. It's ridiculous. 

And if you don't like people stating their opinions then maybe you should take your holier than thou attitude off of "forums" altogether.