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Alfonzo Dennard gets 30 days in jail, won’t miss time with Pats

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The bad news for Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is that he is going to spend 30 days in jail for assaulting a police officer while in college at Nebraska.

The good news is that he won’t miss any time on the field with the Patriots. A judge in Lincoln, Nebraska sentenced Dennard to start his jail term on March 1, 2014, which means that he’ll be free to join the Pats for offseason work and training camp this year while remaining free for the entire season.

Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe reports that Dennard was also sentenced to 24 months of probation and 100 hours of community service that is “law-enforcement related.” He’s also barred from any travel that isn’t between Massachusetts and Nebraska or related to work with the Patriots without getting prior approval from the court.

The NFL said it would review Dennard’s case under the personal conduct policy, although an attempt to impose a suspension or other discipline would certainly open up the possibility of more legal wrangling since Dennard’s arrest came before he was in the NFL. Unless a suspension is handed down and upheld, the Patriots won’t be forced to play without Dennard at all and that makes their decision to use a seventh-round pick look like a risk that paid off.

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47 Responses to “Alfonzo Dennard gets 30 days in jail, won’t miss time with Pats”
  1. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Apr 11, 2013 10:17 AM

    “Unless a suspension is handed down and upheld, the Patriots won’t be forced to play without Dennard at all and that makes their decision to use a seventh-round pick look like a risk that paid off”

    This is the Patriots we already knew it was the right move when they made it…

  2. benh999 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:19 AM

    Too bad its not more. Otherwise, the Bengals may be willing to trade a 1st for him.

  3. thejuddstir says: Apr 11, 2013 10:21 AM

    Jail suspended for a year…..wouldn’t want to try too hard to teach him a lesson now would we. Laughable.

  4. surfinbird1 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:25 AM

    Another piece in place. The secondary starting to look better. Kid could end up being a real steal in the draft. Hope he learned a lesson. Good news.

  5. waitingguilty says: Apr 11, 2013 10:26 AM

    Despite all the “What if he was a regular guy…this is a joke…” posts that are sure to follow, I’d say the justice system got this one right. A (likely) drunk college kid tussling with another college kid who accidentally made contact with a cop…sure, 30 days and probation/community service is right on.

  6. patsarethegoat says: Apr 11, 2013 10:26 AM

    And then donte Stalleworth kills someonone and doesn’t go to Hal :) f

  7. ampats says: Apr 11, 2013 10:29 AM

    Good news for Patriots Nation. I am surprised that he got jail time but he won’t miss any time on the field. CB is no longer a position of need but I think we will see the Pats draft a DB.

    Gives more flexibility with our draft choices..

  8. terripet says: Apr 11, 2013 10:30 AM

    Just goes to show you if you play sports yopu get a smack on the hand. Any other person gets 2 years in jail.

  9. pats1stfan1 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:30 AM

    This is a fair sentence for a first time offender…Kind of surprised that they suspended the sentence for almost a year, but my guess is the Judge saw a little more to this case than what the Prosecution brought forward.

    Bet BB let out a sigh of relief knowing that his Defensive Backfield is intact for the moment.

    It’s also possible that if he keeps out of trouble and does the right thing Community Service – wise the Court may also reduce his Probation time.

  10. ijahru says: Apr 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    The legal system in this country is biased towards the Patriots

  11. gochargersgo says: Apr 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    30 days in jail is no picnic. Having said that, from all accounts it did not sound like he intended to assault the officer, so good for the judge for letting him off relatively easy.

  12. terripet says: Apr 11, 2013 10:32 AM

    this guy is a average corner at best anyway.

  13. FinFan68 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:41 AM

    Not arguing 30 days is too much or too little but waiting 11 months is absurd. The appeal can happen much sooner. Gives appearance of favoritism.

  14. frogyzero says: Apr 11, 2013 10:47 AM

    Actually I take that back. Pats are a good rival. To be the best you need to beat the best!

  15. slobmykolb says: Apr 11, 2013 10:48 AM

    Terripet says;
    Just goes to show you if you play sports yopu get a smack on the hand. Any other person gets 2 years in jail.

    No way anyone would get 2 years for what he did. Actually the sentence is about right in line with most other cases of this nature. Just a word of advice terripet, do a little research before negatively bashing someone!

  16. tsizzlesucks says: Apr 11, 2013 10:51 AM

    The real sad thing is that he got any time at all. If he wasn’t a newsworthy person it gets swept under the rug and everyone goes home happy. But since the guy played football at a big time school and got drafted and the judge is an alum who can’t appear biased, he does jail time. If the kid came from Kalamazoo and was a math major and didn’t play a sport, he’d be all set! Happens at every school all the time.

  17. bizzyb559 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:53 AM

    Welcome to the criminal system, formerly known as the justice system. I imagine the NFL will coddle this punk because he’s a “real good” football player. What a joke.

  18. seanb20124 says: Apr 11, 2013 10:54 AM

    No trips to the Atlantis for him

  19. Obama's Ballsack says: Apr 11, 2013 10:57 AM

    People saying he caught a break?? It only takes ONE night to be anally raped.

  20. therealpittbull says: Apr 11, 2013 10:59 AM

    If Marv Albert, Ray Lewis, Mike Tyson, and many others like them can get second chances, then I’m all for this guy also. But maybe the NFL should place something in contracts, with a no strike rule. So sick of seeing police blotters every morning for sports.

  21. patsfanhere says: Apr 11, 2013 11:03 AM

    Possible steal of the draft. A 2nd round corner for a seventh round pick. He gets 2 years probation, 100 service hours and 30 days in jail during non football times or activities. If you think about it he was also fined because of the pay difference from a 2nd round pick to a 7th round pick. Roughly $500k fine right there. Great pickup by the Pats and it paid off. Love it.

  22. Patskrieg dot com says: Apr 11, 2013 11:04 AM

    It’s a well known fact that Bob Kraft has the Nebraska legal system in his back pocket. This is the biggest travesty of all time. Beli-cheat, 18-1, tuck rule, JP Losman.

    Did I miss anything Pats haters??

  23. nzayir says: Apr 11, 2013 11:06 AM

    In all honesty Dennard was better then Talib was for the Patriots last year. His physical press skills are something that I haven’t seen in a New England since Ty Law was in the Patriots’ secondary.

    Watch Dennard against Torrey Smith in the AFC Title game. He locked him down all night long the Patriots got pasted but Dennard was fantastic.

    Looking forward to seeing what he and Talib can become as a tandem. With Mccourty back at safety and Adrian Wilson coming in the Patriots secondary looks to have finally rounded into shape.

  24. genericcommenter says: Apr 11, 2013 11:12 AM

    Instead of arguing about whether a “regular” person would have received a harsher penalty, perhaps you should be wondering if ANY person accidentally “assaulted” a “regular” person if anyone would have been charged at all. Or why law enforcement is allowed to go into a bar and BEAT people, including women, unprovoked and not even get a slap on the wrist. NFL players shouldn’t be above the law, but neither should state agents.

  25. sod61 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:17 AM

    Celebrate patsie fans, you stole a criminal in the 7th round. Yippee! Enjoy your perch because Marcia will start his decline rapidly. Oh, I forgot you have Ryan Mallet as your backup. LOL.

  26. sschmiggles says: Apr 11, 2013 11:24 AM

    It continues to amaze me how few people in our society know how our court system works.

    Dennard didn’t get any favors here. This is an average sentence for his crime. A lot don’t even go to jail for what he did.

  27. Slim Charles says: Apr 11, 2013 11:25 AM

    Man, I am a Steelers fan and even I can say that there is literally no original way to make a Bengals joke anymore. Time to put that one out to pasture.

  28. hehateme2 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:26 AM

    Well… just thank goodness he won’t miss any time on the field. I mean, that’s the important thing, right?

  29. stewart09 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:35 AM

    Remember Alfonzo don’t drop the soap

  30. skleech22 says: Apr 11, 2013 11:40 AM

    Bobby Kraft and his wallet strikes again! Next up, pay CBS and his executive buddies there to have Jim Nantz zoom in on his luxury box at least three more times during game broadcasts, and fluff him and the Patriots more!!!

  31. grogansneck says: Apr 11, 2013 11:50 AM

    Bill Belichick: Master of the draft, Master of the justice system.

  32. jimmyt says: Apr 11, 2013 12:03 PM

    No matter. BB has lost his edge. Brady has gotten even softer. Rude awakening for Pats fans this season. 7-9

  33. kelleygreen49 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:06 PM

    SO when one is at a bar and grapped from behind by a guy in plain clothes you should just automatically know the guy is a cop? bull. And assualt to an officer these days could entail farting near him and offending his nostrils. 30 days is absurd.

  34. bender4700 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:10 PM

    Why are so many people in favor of a mistake costing a young man everything he’s worked for?

    So quick to hate and bash.

    He was in a bar, drunk, and a fight was happening. Cops are well known all over for being very rough on people in bars, for obvious reasons, so naturally if someone is attempting to detain you, you’re not likely to become very cooperative.

    Get over it people.

    Fonz will do his time, just like Vick and Plaxico. Made a mistake, and he’s being punished.

    Kraft had nothing to do with it.

    He is getting punished more than any other first time offender who was involved in a bar fight.

  35. bender4700 says: Apr 11, 2013 12:27 PM

    People are acting like he was walking down the street and jumped a uniformed cop from behind.

  36. nfl4days says: Apr 11, 2013 12:48 PM

    Love how people always criticize the justice system when they literally know nothing about it. They just see “assaulted a cop”. “OH HE GETS 5 YEARS AND IF HE DOESNT THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS CORRUPT!!!!!!!”. The “assault ” was a drunk college kid bumping into a cop. And dont tell me normal people dont get off when you have people walking around with 40 duis.

  37. azarkhan says: Apr 11, 2013 12:53 PM

    @bender4700, why are you so quick to excuse the inexcusable?

  38. tedmurph says: Apr 11, 2013 1:06 PM

    Many legal experts inthe Boston area say jail time under these circumstances(otherwise spotless record) is rare, whether it’s a celeb or not. They also seem to think that if Dennard stays clean and adheres to the terms of his probation and community service, he can go back before the judge next March and have a good chance to get the jail time suspended.

  39. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Apr 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    “Celebrity Justice” is an oxymoron. Does everyone get to delay their sentences until it is more convenient for them? No.

  40. shlort says: Apr 11, 2013 1:19 PM

    Average schmuck gets prison time for what this cat did. Money talks.

  41. spinmovr says: Apr 11, 2013 1:32 PM

    The commissioner suspended Terrelle Pryor for four games in the NFL just as he was drafted by an NFL team.

    Both Pryor and Dennard messed up before they were NFL players.

    Does Goodell just keep all these rules in his head?

  42. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Apr 11, 2013 1:37 PM

    Hope the judge enjoys those playoff tickets to be delivered in a plain brown envelope. All the Pats haters must be sticking pins in their eyes about now.

  43. robertocfg says: Apr 11, 2013 2:02 PM

    spinmovr says:
    Apr 11, 2013 1:32 PM
    The commissioner suspended Terrelle Pryor for four games in the NFL just as he was drafted by an NFL team.

    Both Pryor and Dennard messed up before they were NFL players.

    Does Goodell just keep all these rules in his head?

    Before bashing and complaining, get your context straight.

    Terrelle Pryor wasn’t suspended because of what he did in college or before joining an NFL team. He was suspended because he declared for the NFL just to avoid NCAA sanctions. The Draft had already taken place and he manipulated the NFL eligibility rules for his own gain.

    Dennard was involved in the assault after he declared himself eligible and just days prior to the Draft. He didn’t try to manipulate anything. He just got himself in trouble.

  44. j0esixpack says: Apr 11, 2013 3:03 PM

    robertocfg says:

    Terrelle Pryor wasn’t suspended because of what he did in college or before joining an NFL team. He was suspended because he declared for the NFL just to avoid NCAA sanctions. The Draft had already taken place and he manipulated the NFL eligibility rules for his own gain.

    Dennard was involved in the assault after he declared himself eligible and just days prior to the Draft. He didn’t try to manipulate anything. He just got himself in trouble.

    —————

    You make perfect sense – unfortunately Goodell has already made clear that the NFL believes it has standing to review Dennard’s case and add penalties regardless of your logical argument.

    Really, logic has no relevance to Goodell. He does what he wants, whenever he wants to, regardless of precedent.

  45. mazblast says: Apr 11, 2013 6:04 PM

    You make perfect sense – unfortunately Goodell has already made clear that the NFL believes it has standing to review Dennard’s case and add penalties regardless of your logical argument.

    Really, logic has no relevance to Goodell. He does what he wants, whenever he wants to, regardless of precedent.
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    Goodell believes the NFL has standing. How amazing. If there is a buck to be made or an advantage to be given to his favored teams, he claims standing.

    It’s irrelevant in this case, though. Goodell will look at what team the guy plays for and will say he’s reviewed the facts and found that the league does not need to impose any punishment.

    Now, if he played for the Redskins or Saints…

  46. nu4evr says: Apr 11, 2013 11:41 PM

    Dennard is NOT a punk–absolutely no incidents while he was with Nebraska program; well liked by coaches, teammates and fans. Lincoln police have been known to harass football players and make routine bar runs at closing time. Some guy pushed him (police testified that he then hit the guy in the face; guy testified that Dennard never hit him in the face, just pushed him in the chest. Police officer came up behind him, dennard says he didn’t know it was an officer and swung his arm to get away. Officer say he went to a doctor after the incident because of facial pain (and still has some). Doctor prescribe Tylenol–doesn’t sound like a real injury, does it?

  47. quackbury says: Apr 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    The legal system in this country is biased towards the Patriots
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    Tell that to Ray Lewis.

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