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.
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.