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Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard arrested on suspicion of DUI

Alfonzo-Dennard-PatriotsBill 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 while under the influence.

The Omaha World-Herald first reported that Dennard was arrested early Thursday morning in Lincoln, Neb. Officers say they spotted the 24-year-old’s Honda straddling the lane line at about 2 a.m. and pulled him over. He refused a chemical test and was booked on suspicion of DUI.

To make matters worse for Dennard and the Patriots, he has already had legal trouble over the past year. He is scheduled to serve a 30-day jail sentence beginning on March 1, 2014 after being convicted of felony assault on a police officer in an April 2012 incident. A judge allowed him to delay his jail time to avoid interfering with his NFL career.

When Dennard was sentenced, his former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and Belichick both wrote “character letters” in support of him. Score another one for Belichick and his obsession with athletes who come with baggage.

So what will the Patriots do? They’ll probably release him, of course. That’s what Belichick does when a player violates his trust after he gives him a second chance. The problem is it’s July, and Dennard was scheduled to open the season as New England’s No. 2 cornerback behind Aqib Talib (another player with a checkered past). Now, a team that has desperately tried to stabilize it’s secondary over the past several seasons could be right back to where it started.

Don’t look now, but the Patriots are starting to look like the Cincinnati Bengals.

Alfonzo Dennard allegedly punches cop one week before he’s expected to be drafted

When you’re less than a week a week away from being drafted by an NFL team, getting arrested for assault is something you don’t want to do. If that person you allegedly assaulted is an on-duty police officer, then that’s something you definitely don’t want to do. But that’s reportedly what happened with former Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard early Saturday morning outside a Lincoln, Neb., watering hole. From the Omaha World-Herald:

Lincoln police said Dennard, 22, was fighting with another man outside a bar near 14th and O Streets about 2:15 a.m.

When officers attempted to intervene, police said, Dennard allegedly pushed and then punched one officer in the face.

It took four police officers to take Dennard into custody, according to police.

Dennard was arrested on separate third-degree assault charges — one in connection with the cop, the other for the prior altercation at the bar. He’ll remain in custody through the weekend. His bail is expected to be set on Monday.

Dennard, an All-Big Ten player last season, was projected as a second-to-fourth-round selection in the draft before his arrest. This incident probably hurts his stock in the eyes of teams not named the Lions. He already had a previous incident of fighting on his resume, too, when he was ejected from the 2012 Capital One Bowl for attempting a haymaker on South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery.

“I take that blame,” he said after that game. “I’m not that type of person. I think (the NFL teams) know that.”

Ha. Funny.

H/T Eye on Football
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