New England Patriots Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard Arrested on Suspicion of DUI
Updates For Friday, Dec. 5:
From Lori Pilger of The Lincoln Journal Star:
Updates from Thursday, Dec. 5
Lori Pilger of the Lincoln Journal Star confirms Alfonzo Dennard's motion for to continue sentencing has been denied:
State objects to continuance; Judge Stacy denies #Dennard's motion to continue sentencing on probation violation.— Lori Pilger (@LJSpilger) December 5, 2013
Judge Stacy denies motion to revoke #Dennard's probation. But modifies terms.— Lori Pilger (@LJSpilger) December 5, 2013
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald previously provided details of Dennard's appearance in court today and tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 6:
The Patriots cornerback is scheduled for a probation sentencing in Lancaster District Court today at 2:30 p.m. ET, and a DUI sentencing at Lancaster County Court at the same time tomorrow. However, Dennard’s lawyer, Alan Stoler, told the Herald yesterday Dennard filed a request for a continuance to delay the sentencing until after the NFL season.
Stoler hoped Dennard’s compliance with his probation terms would be enough to sway the judge’s opinion for the continuance. Stoler said Dennard has completed more than 65 hours of probation work since September and could finish the remainder of his 100 hours by the end of the season, even though he has two years to complete the terms. Dennard’s hours have included time working with the Foxboro Police Department, the Boys & Girls Club and some youth speaking engagements to raise awareness of the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Dennard will learn this afternoon if he is granted the continuance. He also has to appear tomorrow to enter a plea, and Stoler said Dennard is still undecided if he’ll plead guilty or not guilty. Dennard declined an interview request yesterday in the locker room.
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 16
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald confirms Alfonzo Dennard admitted to violating his probation:
Dennard admitted to violating his probation to the judge overseeing his probation revocation hearing, but he won't serve any additional jail time as a result, according to reporters from the Lincoln Journal Star who are on the scene. Dennard, who was at Lancaster County District Court, has been allowed to continue the terms of his two-year probation until his Dec. 5 sentencing.
Dennard was sentenced to two years of probation after being found guilty in February of assaulting a police officer outside of a bar in Lincoln. He was also given a 30-day jail sentence to be served in March 2014 and 100 hours of community service.
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 5
Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com has an update on Alfonzo Dennard's legal troubles:
New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard's court hearing scheduled for Friday to determine if he violated his probation on a charge of driving under the influence in July has been postponed, according to an administrator in the Lincoln, Nebraska district court.
Dennard has a new hearing scheduled for Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m., four days after the Patriots' second regular-season game.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe has the latest on Dennard's status with the Patriots.
Patriots second-year cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has not had the best offseason, first earning a deferred 30-day jail sentence for assaulting a police officer and then getting arrested last Thursday in Lincoln, Neb., under suspicion of DUI.
But despite the two arrests, and despite the negative publicity generated recently by the Aaron Hernandez situation, the Patriots do not plan on cutting Dennard, a league source told 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.”
Omaha World Herald reporter Maggie O'Brien brings us the latest on Dennard's legal status, and whether his probation is in jeopardy after his most recent arrest.
Former Nebraska football player Alfonzo Dennard is scheduled to be in court July 31 to learn if his latest brush with Lincoln police could put him in jail on a probation violation.
Dennard, 23, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Thursday in Lincoln.
Authorities have said that the accusation could be grounds for a Lancaster County District Court judge to revoke his probation and put him in jail for last year’s assault on a Lincoln officer. The judge also could give the ex-Husker — now a cornerback for the New England Patriots — another chance.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport gives us Dennard's side of the story:
More Dennard: Officer told him he hadn't blown hard enough, thus the did not comply designation. He was not asked to take a blood test.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 12, 2013
More Dennard: He took a field sobriety test, was told it did not indicate inebriation. His report says he took 1, not that he failed it.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 12, 2013
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport supplies new details from Dennard's situation:
Details from someone who heard Alfonzo Dennard's side of his arrest: He attempted to blow for breathalyzer twice. Told he was below limit...— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 12, 2013
The New England Patriots have released a statement on Dennard's arrest, according to Nick Underhill of The Republican's MassLive blog.
Pats statement: The New England Patriots are extremely disappointed to learn of Alfonzo Dennard’s arrest. (cont)”— Nick Underhill (@Nick_Underhill) July 11, 2013
“We take this matter very seriously and are working to get more information on the incident."— Nick Underhill (@Nick_Underhill) July 11, 2013
Lincoln police noted that the former Cornhusker was pulled over at 2 a.m. local time for a traffic violation.
The Boston Globe's Matt Pepin and Sean Leahy report that Dennard has a court date scheduled for August 12.
While the offense is serious enough, it couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time for Dennard.
The KLKN-TV report also noted that Dennard was recently sentenced to jail time for assaulting a police officer in 2012 and has already been sentenced to serve 30 days in jail starting next March, plus 24 months of probation and 100 hours of community service.
The assault incident also happened in Lincoln, where the talented but troubled 23-year-old played his college ball with Nebraska from 2008-11.
The assault charge hurt his stock tremendously leading up to the 2012 NFL draft, as Dennard was projected to go as high as late in the first round. Instead, he wound up slipping all the way down to pick No. 224, where the Patriots selected the 5’10”, 200-pound defensive back in the seventh round.
Dennard's assault on the officer came prior to him joining the NFL, allowing Dennard to skirt a suspension from the NFL commissioner’s office. However, Roger Goodell likely will not take this DUI charge lightly and could dole out a harsh punishment for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
Hopefully, Dennard can clean his act up, as the young man has a bright future in the league if he can stay out of trouble.
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