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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.

Saints WR Joe Morgan arrested for DUI after reportedly sleeping in his car

Joe-Morgan-mug-shotNew Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan was arrested in Jefferson Parish over the weekend and charged with driving while under the influence, only he wasn’t really driving at the time. It’s probably fair to assume that he was operating a vehicle at some point before officers took him into custody, but Morgan was reportedly taking a nap at the time of his arrest.

According to The Times-Picayune, State Police booked Morgan after someone called in a report about a disabled vehicle on the side of the highway early Saturday morning. A responding trooper reportedly found Morgan sleeping behind the wheel of his car and asked him to step out. The officer said the 25-year-old receiver was swaying on his feet, smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and seemed intoxicated.

It gets worse. Not only was Morgan deemed to be intoxicated after failing a field sobriety test, he also does not have a valid driver’s license.

Passed out on the side of the highway and drunk without a license? That’s what I call a double whammy.

Al Michaels arrested for DUI after making illegal U-turn

Al MichaelsIf you asked me to list every prominent sports figure in order of most to least likely to get a DUI, Al Michaels would be at the very bottom. Check that — Michaels wouldn’t even make the list.

Sure, Al keeps a keen eye on the point spread and enjoys playing the stock market, but this guy is as wholesome and American as it gets. Michaels has that great, fatherly figure persona. Perfect dads don’t get DUIs — they’re in bed at 10:00 p.m. watching Johnny Carson reruns after a lovely dinner with the wife. But that wasn’t the case on Friday.

The AP reports that Michaels was arrested around 9:30 p.m. in Santa Monica after making an illegal U-turn nearby a DUI checkpoint. TMZ says officers detected a scent of alcohol when speaking with the prominent announcer.

Michaels reportedly blew a .08 and .09 on the breathalyzer tests — just around the legal limit. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and taken to the station where he was released after five hours.

Michaels supposedly “could not have been nicer” throughout the ordeal. Who would expect anything less? And how badly do you think that made the arresting cops feel?

So what was Michaels drunk off of? My money’s on some expensive red wine. Michaels don’t do cheap beer, and no way he’s going hard on something like whiskey. The only thing that could turn this story into a positive would be if we could somehow get a dashboard camera video of the whole arrest and have Michaels do the play-by-play for it. How sick would that be?

Todd Helton’s mug shot after DUI arrest was a sight to behold (Picture)

Todd Helton mug shot

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is in the headlines this week, but it’s not for anything baseball-related.

Helton, who is 39 and at the end of his career, was arrested Wednesday morning nearby his home in Thornton, Colo., on suspicion of driving under the influence. His DUI is not what is captivating the minds of America; it’s the amazing mug shot that has everyone fascinated.

Just look at Helton in that shot. Face all chubby, triple chin visible. His hair is all tossed around. One collar is flipped out and the other tucked in. Not to mention he’s so messed up he can’t even open his eyes for the picture. Guy looks awful.

Ordinarily we’d scold Helton for driving drunk and putting the lives of others in danger, but that mug shot is enough to sufficiently embarrass him for his actions.

You can read his apology he provided to The Denver Post.

Fred Smoot reportedly peed his pants while being arrested for DUI

Fred-Smoot-RedskinsFred Smoot was an above-average cornerback during his NFL career with the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings, but his life off of the football field is much more entertaining than watching him play was. The same Smoot that once did some nasty things on a boat back in 2005 was arrested for driving while under the influence on Dec. 30.

Big deal, right? Happens all the time. While that may be true, it’s not everyday that we get to talk about a former NFL player who pissed his pants while he was handcuffed. We’ll let The Washingtonian take it from here:

Smoot told the Capitol Police officer that he’d had one drink, according to the affidavit, and agreed to a field sobriety test. During a series of tests, Smoot demonstrated ‘many clues of impairment,’ including swaying noticeably, Carll said in the affidavit.

Smoot was subsequently arrested and taken to the Capitol Police headquarters at 119 D Street, Northeast, for processing, where he twice refused to take a breathalyzer test.

‘During processing, in the service area, while handcuffed, the [defendant] peed his pants creating a puddle on the floor,’ Carll said in the affidavit. ‘[A police officer] witnessed the urine running down his pant leg and onto the floor. [Smoot] did not express that he had to use the restroom.’”

Smoot pleaded not guilty to his DUI charge on Jan. 17 and a status hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19. He wasn’t drunk — he just really, really, really had to go to the bathroom. I know a certain Vikings fan who might be able to relate.

H/T Deadspin

Cowboys DT Jay Ratliff gets DWI month after teammate killed in drunken crash

Jay-Ratliff-mugshotDallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated early Tuesday morning after his Ford truck struck an 18-wheeler in Grapevine, Texas. Police senior officer Sam Shemwell told NFL.com that Ratliff was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was not injured.

Ratliff was reportedly arrested after officers arrived at the scene and determined he was intoxicated and responsible for the crash. He was arraigned and released on bond on Tuesday morning. He reportedly refused a breathalyzer but police received a search warrant to draw blood. The results of the blood test are pending.

While it is alarming any time a professional athlete who has so much going for him gets arrested for a DWI, it is even more disturbing that Ratliff’s arrest comes just a month after one of his teammates, Jerry Brown, was killed in an alcohol-related car crash. Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent was driving the car and faces up to 20 years in prison after being charged with intoxication manslaughter.

As Around the League pointed out, a Cowboys team consultant said that the team was looking into setting players up with a breath analyzer device for their cars following the Brown tragedy. With the amount of money NFL players make and the amount of services teams make available for them, you would think they would be aware of how much they have to lose and not get behind the wheel of a car while drunk. The fact that Ratliff may have chosen to do so just a month after his teammate was killed has to be disappointing for Jerry Jones and company.

Photo via Grapevine Police Department

Carlton Fisk had a tremendous mug shot after DUI arrest (Picture)

DUIs are no laughing matter, but Carlton Fisk’s mug shot certainly is.

The Hall of Fame catcher was arrested on Monday night on DUI charges after driving his truck into the middle of a cornfield in Illinois, police reportedly said.

New Lenox Police received a call about a car driving erratically. Officers found Fisk in a cornfield, unconscious behind the wheel of his truck. An open vodka bottle reportedly was also found in the vehicle.

Pudge refused a blood test, and his car was impounded.

Let’s get back to that mug shot. Where the heck was Fisk looking? Camera’s over here, bro. It looks like he just got baked, $hitfaced from pounding about a case of beers, and lost a fight to a garden hose and rake.

Way to make a triumphant comeback into the news, Fisk.