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Pats mum on Dennard, for now

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With Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard arrested on suspicion of DUI, all eyes are now on the Patriots for the team response.

Ordinarily, a team will issue a perfunctory statement that doesn’t state anything.  With Dennard being arrested while the Aaron Hernandez drama is still unfolding, the Patriots’ response becomes far more noteworthy.

According to a team spokesman, the Patriots have no statement yet, but a comment likely will come later today.

Some, including ESPN analyst and former NFL head coach Herm Edwards, believe the Patriots should cut Dennard.  For a first-offense DUI, that would be an extreme result, since it ordinarily doesn’t result in a league-imposed suspension.

Complicating matters for the Pats is Dennard’s pending probation for his conviction arising from assaulting a cop.  Dennard could end up being unavailable not because of suspension but due to incarceration.

There’s one more important point to keep in mind here.  Dennard apparently has been arrested for suspicion of DUI by a police officer in the same city where he was arrested for assaulting a police officer.  In this case, it’s even more important to afford Dennard the presumption of innocence, since there’s a chance he really is innocent and that the current charges are trumped up/drummed up/whatever.

So he could be innocent.  And if the Patriots cut him abruptly, he could end up being exonerated and playing for another team — like the Bills, Dolphins, or Jets.

Regardless of how this turns out, Dennard needs to take a page from the Rolando McClain “Avoid Decatur” playbook and stay out of Lincoln.

UPDATE 11:42 a.m. ET: Late Thursday morning, the Patriots released a statement.

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51 Responses to “Pats mum on Dennard, for now”
  1. cowboys317row9 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:24 AM

    I am not even gonna hate on the Pats. Have truly been the model organization for the last several years minus the latest blunders. Hang in there Pats fans

  2. mattwalshvideo says: Jul 11, 2013 10:25 AM

    I’ll take a bow, predicted him to be next up on the murder lost but I guess a DUI will suffice. LMFAO.

    Kraft, what say you? You’re goi g to cut him too, right? LOL

  3. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Jul 11, 2013 10:25 AM

    Same old Bengals…

  4. upperdecker19 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:31 AM

    The easier article would be to itemize the current Patriots that aren’t in jail

  5. rc33 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:32 AM

    This guy will be waived before the day is out….if not before lunch. Up until 2 weeks ago, the Pats biggest concern was Gronkowski’s forearm and back.
    Now Kraft must feel like he’s flying the plane from “Con Air.”

  6. bookofelisha10 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:32 AM

    donte stallworth roster spot last year made sense now.. patriots like to cheat and house murderers and drunk drivers

  7. FinFan68 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:38 AM

    Jail term + DUI arrest with refusal to submit ought to equal immediate release and league suspension.

  8. citizenstrange says: Jul 11, 2013 10:39 AM

    There’s one more important point to keep in mind here. Dennard apparently has been arrested for suspicion of DUI by a police officer in the same city where he was arrested for assaulting a police officer. In this case, it’s even more important to afford Dennard the presumption of innocence, since there’s a chance he really is innocent and that the current charges are trumped up/drummed up/whatever.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Whaaaaa?

  9. whatnojets says: Jul 11, 2013 10:40 AM

    How many members of the 2012 Patriots got arrested last year?!? Anyone know???

  10. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 11, 2013 10:40 AM

    The new Patriot Way. Maybe they’ll bring Haynesworth and Ocho back. LOL

  11. nastinati513 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:41 AM

    the new and improved patriot way

  12. banger60 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:44 AM

    he was just possibly got out of some trouble, can we say ignorant!

  13. tritz32 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:47 AM

    God bless the Green Bay Packers!

  14. ldebes1 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:48 AM

    Do you have any reason to believe these are “trumped up charges”? If not, why are you promoting wild speculation and slandering cops? I realize that a man does not have to provide evidence against himself, but if he weren’t driving drunk, he would have taken the breathalyzer and proved it.

  15. allmiamifan4444 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:48 AM

    I’ve never been able to understand this athletes that make millions and get behind the wheel after they been drinking,are they to cheap to get a cab or have one of their friends drive?Doubt it…just no common sense.Stupid people!

  16. jonrando says: Jul 11, 2013 10:51 AM

    Thank you for pointing out the potential bias of the police

  17. Pat says: Jul 11, 2013 10:52 AM

    innocent people don’t refuse breathalyzer’s, ya apple-faced goon

  18. mattwalshvideo says: Jul 11, 2013 10:53 AM

    Whose next? I predict Talib.

    Stay Classy NE

  19. jimmyt says: Jul 11, 2013 10:55 AM

    I hear there has been a major DNA evidence breakthrough in The Boston Strangler case. Bet they find out it was Kraft all along.

  20. fringetastic says: Jul 11, 2013 10:55 AM

    “it’s even more important to afford Dennard the presumption of innocence, since there’s a chance he really is innocent and that the current charges are trumped up/drummed up/whatever.”

    I thought about that too, but if he was sober he should have taken the test.

  21. ozymandias121 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:55 AM

    Your use of mum is awe inspiring. Isn’t this the same guy who punched a cop? The Patriot Way!

  22. Neftali Ramos says: Jul 11, 2013 10:56 AM

    How stupid can you be?! One of your teammates was just arrested for murder and the organization is under the microscope and you do THIS? Damn idiot, don’t blow your opportunity in the NFL before it even begins!

  23. brucealmty says: Jul 11, 2013 10:56 AM

    Give Brady another 2 or 3 years then Kraft will pull an Irsay and Belichick//Brady will be gone and a new regime will be installed.

  24. rutchaser says: Jul 11, 2013 10:56 AM

    Mum and duped?

  25. isphet71 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:58 AM

    It would be really awesome if the NFL had an offseason that didn’t include at least one team imploding with off-season arrests.

  26. footballhistorian says: Jul 11, 2013 11:00 AM

    Let me see if I get this logic right – “Dennard apparently has been arrested for suspicion of DUI by a police officer in the same city where he was arrested for assaulting a police officer.”… and this means that we should REALLY think this guy is innocent? This adds EXTRA burden on the locals to prove guilt??? Yeah….that makes sense…

  27. kenbell97 says: Jul 11, 2013 11:02 AM

    I’m sure the Pats did their “due diligence” on this guy too. There’s a phrase I’m tired of hearing.

    Also, lets stop calling the Patriots a model organization.

    Between stealing Super Bowls by videotaping practices, not reporting injuries correctly, putting in offers on Restricted Free Agents when no other team in football does it and then signing guys like Chad Johnson, Albert Haynesworth, Aaron Hernandez and the rest of the criminals they employ, I think it’s time to stop referring to the Pats as “model”.. Seriously

  28. rhamrhoddy says: Jul 11, 2013 11:02 AM

    mattwalshvideo says:

    I’ll take a bow, predicted him to be next up on the murder lost but I guess a DUI will suffice. LMFAO.

    Kraft, what say you? You’re goi g to cut him too, right? LOL

    ________________

    Standard Pats haters I totally get. Even as a Pats fan ill throw a thumbs up to clever razzing comments (I come to this site as a fan of football and humor and get tons of both here).

    I just don’t get the few who come off like scorned little school girls and wait to jump on anything Patriots so they can spit out the same thoughtless lines over and over.

    Its been a rough offseason for the Pats to be sure. Theres a bunch of material for the anti-Patriots to work with these days. All I am saying is put a little effort in.

  29. kinggator says: Jul 11, 2013 11:03 AM

    What’s he gotta do kill someone to get cut?

  30. grpatriot says: Jul 11, 2013 11:03 AM

    I say have as much fun with this now! Come Dec., Jan., not so much!

  31. whatnojets says: Jul 11, 2013 11:04 AM

    Are the Patriots trying to compete with the Bengals for the yearly arrest record???

    Is the trophy called “The O.J. Simpson Outstanding Convict Award”???

  32. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 11, 2013 11:05 AM

    I’d be a little bummed but not surprised in the least if Belichick dropped the hammer on Dennard for the sake of righting the ship. Get it together.

  33. Kaz says: Jul 11, 2013 11:07 AM

    I got some “yo mama” jokes for you guys still getting a kick out of old Bengals arrest jokes

  34. rhamrhoddy says: Jul 11, 2013 11:07 AM

    mattwalshvideo says:
    Jul 11, 2013 10:53 AM
    Whose next? I predict Talib.

    Stay Classy NE

    _________________

    LOL. Couldn’t even go 30 minutes on the same ARTICLE, MattWalsh??

    This is what I mean. Goofball.

  35. kylexitron says: Jul 11, 2013 11:08 AM

    Enough about the patriots, can we go back to talking about what a bad person Richard Sherman is for saying Roddy white isn’t that good and then spending the next 6 months working his butt off with multiple charities?

  36. rc33 says: Jul 11, 2013 11:09 AM

    tritz32 says: Jul 11, 2013 10:47 AM

    God bless the Green Bay Packers!
    ———————————-
    Uh..yeah.
    Johnny Jolly sends his regards.

  37. flash1283 says: Jul 11, 2013 11:10 AM

    kenbell97 says: Jul 11, 2013 11:02 AM

    I’m sure the Pats did their “due diligence” on this guy too. There’s a phrase I’m tired of hearing.

    Also, lets stop calling the Patriots a model organization.

    Between stealing Super Bowls by videotaping practices, not reporting injuries correctly, putting in offers on Restricted Free Agents when no other team in football does it and then signing guys like Chad Johnson, Albert Haynesworth, Aaron Hernandez and the rest of the criminals they employ, I think it’s time to stop referring to the Pats as “model”.. Seriously

    Yeah, except most of what you said isn’t true and you conveniently left out all the players they brought in that did work out.

  38. twilson962 says: Jul 11, 2013 11:11 AM

    It’s not like he killed anyone.

  39. cranespy says: Jul 11, 2013 11:20 AM

    The true character of a man is measured in times of crisis. Time will tell if the Patriot Way is truly a different philosophy or a total myth. I believe they will emerge from these off field issues stronger and even more committed to an approach that serves as the platinum standard for professional sports teams.

  40. olcap says: Jul 11, 2013 11:22 AM

    Robert Kraft was duped again!

  41. hehateme2 says: Jul 11, 2013 11:24 AM

    Ole’ pink tie gets duped again! Shocking!!

  42. metitometin says: Jul 11, 2013 11:43 AM

    And again, EVERY team cheated. EVERY team was videotaping. Roger Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to EVERY team in the NFL. If the Pats were the only team videotaping, then why did Roger Goodell send that memo to EVERY team in the NFL? Because EVERY team was videotaping. People need to get a freaking clue. People are just jealous because of the great success of the Pats over the years.

  43. granadafan says: Jul 11, 2013 12:11 PM

    “rhamrhoddy says: Jul 11, 2013 11:02 AM
    I just don’t get the few who come off like scorned little school girls and wait to jump on anything Patriots so they can spit out the same thoughtless lines over and over.”
    ==============================================

    I just love it when deluded and homer fans whine and have this imaginary chip on their shoulder about their favorite team/player. In their warped mind, they think that PFT or other posters or ALWAYS picking on their favorite [insert team/player]. They use the overused “hater” label as if anyone really cares enough about their favorite [insert team/player].

    Remove that imaginary chip off your shoulder and learn to take some trash talking. This isn’t Tebow’s prayer circle. This is the equivalent of a sports bar where people talk trash and all in good fun. No one is picking solely on anyone’s favorite [insert team/player]. If you think so, then you need to take off those rose colored tinted glasses.

  44. trollaikman8 says: Jul 11, 2013 12:29 PM

    Kraft couldn’t be reached for comment as he was partying with 29yr old actresses…err, mourning the loss of his late wife.

  45. jimmyt says: Jul 11, 2013 12:35 PM

    Yeah, it’s not really cheating cus every team did it! That’s why every team’s owner and HC paid large fines and why every team had a first round draft picken taken away. Yeah that’s it and every NFL player drives drunk and kills people so even AH and Dennard aren’t really guilty. The Patriots are scum from top to bottom and I bet there is even more proof on the way. HAHAHA!

  46. CKL says: Jul 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    granadafan

    He’s saying he doesn’t mind CLEVER trash talking. I don’t either. But clever trash talking involves, you know, cleverness. A lot of the trash talkers regardless of team they are trash talking say the same dumb stuff over and over; hence, they come off as 3rd grade level in intelligence. Even I thumbs down dumb repetitive comments about Roethlisberger (who I dislike) Ray Ray (ditto) and the Jets (ditto).

  47. kenbell97 says: Jul 11, 2013 12:46 PM

    Hey flash1283:

    Name ONE statement that wasn’t true..

    The Patriots DID videotape practices and were described as cheaters by football execs, peers and fans.

    NO not all teams were videotaping. If all teams were videotaping, why were the Pats the only team that was fined 6 figures and a 1st round draft pick? By the way, where did those tapes end up? Why did Goodell destroy them?

    They were fined by Goodell last year about false injury reports and putting Tom Brady as “Probable” 48 straight weeks with a shoulder injury.

    They DO sign RFA and they ARE the only team to do it: See Wes Welker and E. Sanders

    They DO employ criminals such as Johnson, Haynesworth and Hernandez. Should I extend the list? Denard? Stallworth? Moss? Dillon?

    Heck, they’re coach was even caught with his pants down diddling the secretary..

    That’s all class!

  48. kenbell97 says: Jul 11, 2013 12:49 PM

    oh yea, forgot about Talib… criminal!

  49. nyjyi says: Jul 11, 2013 1:33 PM

    #LOLpats

  50. mbljets says: Jul 11, 2013 1:54 PM

    Signing degenerates and then apologizing for it only after they get caught breaking the law. The Patriot Way.

  51. rhamrhoddy says: Jul 11, 2013 3:12 PM

    CKL says:
    Jul 11, 2013 12:40 PM
    granadafan

    He’s saying he doesn’t mind CLEVER trash talking. I don’t either. But clever trash talking involves, you know, cleverness. A lot of the trash talkers regardless of team they are trash talking say the same dumb stuff over and over; hence, they come off as 3rd grade level in intelligence. Even I thumbs down dumb repetitive comments about Roethlisberger (who I dislike) Ray Ray (ditto) and the Jets (ditto).

    ____________

    @CKL

    Bingo brother!

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