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Alfonzo Dennard DUI: Prosecutors move to revoke probation

New England Patriots second-year cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was pulled over by police in Lincoln, Nebraska on Thursday morning and was charged with driving under the influence, a traffic infraction, and not taking a chemical test. Apparently Dennard was accused of not blowing hard enough into a breathalyzer twice (he did not actually fail the test) but was exhibiting behavior common with somebody intoxicated.

The details of his arrest as well as the fact that he is on probation for assaulting a police officer puts Alfonzo Dennard in a difficult position. According to the Associated Press , prosecutors in Lincoln want to have Dennard’s two-year probation revoked for the DUI, and they have  already made a motion to revoke Dennard’s probation.

Alfonzo Dennard is already scheduled for a 30-day stint in jail next March for assaulting a police officer in Lincoln before he was drafted (this led the projected high draft pick to slip to the Patriots in the seventh), but a successful revocation would lead Dennard to be jailed sooner. The arraignment for this motion is scheduled for the 31st of this month, according to the AP, and it is possible that Dennard could miss regular season time.

As of right now, Dennard’s legal situation and future with the New England Patriots is in doubt, and it is a shame for a player who had such an excellent rookie season. One thing to keep in mind is that Dennard never actually failed the breathalyzer test, and that some believe that the Lincoln police are trying to get revenge on Dennard and are targeting him after he assaulted a police officer and was given a lenient sentence. I expect Dennard to receive jail time for this, but I do not expect the Patriots to release him.

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    I am not as confident that the Pats will not release him. If he spends most if not all of the regular season in jail, pending a successful revocation of his probation, and the commissioner suspends him additional games, the Pats may just release him and move on…..but I hope not. We will know a lot more after his hearing on July 31st.

    • Joe Soriano

      That’s definitely true that we’ll know more next month, and I actually agree that he will be released if he misses enough of the regular season. I don’t think that’s how things will end up shaking out, but it is undoubtedly a possibility. I’ll file this in the “C’mon man!” department. Seriously, Dennard, what were you thinking?