Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard arrested on suspicion of DUI, report says


Brian Radzwill and his son, Jake, waited to exchange their Aaron Hernandez jerseys last weekend. (Jared Wickerham / Getty Images)

Alfonzo Dennard, a cornerback for the New England Patriots, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Thursday morning in Lincoln, Neb.

Dennard, who played at the University of Nebraska, was stopped about 2 a.m., according to Omaha.com. Lincoln police Capt. Jason Stille said he was alone and driving over a lane line when he was stopped. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI, refusing a chemical test and a driving infraction.

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

In February, Dennard was convicted on a felony assault charge after he assaulted a police officer during a dispute outside a Lincoln bar. He was sentenced to two years probation, a 30-day jail sentence in March 2014 and 100 hours of law enforcement-related community service. Dennard was warned in no uncertain terms about his behavior at his sentencing.

“There are a lot of people who are watching you — young athletes who will model your behavior, your attitudes, particularly about law enforcement,” Judge Stephanie Stacy said. “I hope this order of probation gives you an opportunity to set a positive example and positively influence people.

“I encourage you take advantage of that. Good luck to you.”

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Nebraska Coach Bo Pellini both wrote letters to the judge attesting to Dennard’s character. Dennard, 23, was a seventh-round draft pick in 2012.

 

At this point, training camp can’t open quickly enough for the Patriots and the NFL. The arrest of tight end Aaron Hernandez on a murder charge is the highest-profile arrest in an offseason marked by them, as the San Diego Union-Tribune’s data base shows. Arrests haven’t been confined to players. Two members of the Denver Broncos’ front office were pulled over this week. Tom Heckert, director of pro personnel, was charged with DUI and Matt Russell, the director of player personnel and the man expected to be John Elway’s heir apparent in the front office, was charged with DUI after allegedly crashing into a police cruiser.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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Cindy Boren · July 11, 2013