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Alfonzo Dennard free to attend training camp

Alfonzo Dennard, Terry Dougherty AP

Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard won’t miss any of training camp to deal with the fallout from his arrest on suspicion of DUI earlier this month.

Dennard was originally scheduled to appear in court next week, in the middle of Patriots camp, but he appeared in a Lincoln, Nebraska court on Wednesday for a hearing on whether he violated probation as a result of the arrest. Dennard was sentenced to 30 days in jail, to be served next March, and probation for assaulting a police officer in Lincoln just before the 2012 draft.

Dennard will return to court on August 27 for the probation matter and the Lincoln Journal-Star reports that he’s free to travel back to New England for camp under the same conditions of probation that were in place before the most recent arrest. Patriots veterans report to camp on Thursday and Dennard’s hearing will be held on the same day that the Patriots have to cut their roster down to 75 players.

According to reports last week, the Patriots have no plans to cut Dennard but they are preparing for him to face league discipline that will keep him away from the team at some point during the 2013 season.

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4 Responses to “Alfonzo Dennard free to attend training camp”
  1. fartsmella says: Jul 24, 2013 12:29 PM

    Great news!

  2. peezwizz says: Jul 24, 2013 12:43 PM

    what? “he appeared in a Lincoln, Nebraska court on Wednesday for a hearing on whether he violated probation as a result of the arrest. ”

    so that’s just a preliminary hearing? and he has to go back in August for the potential sentencing?

  3. thejuddstir says: Jul 24, 2013 1:07 PM

    This and the Cowboy dude who killed his passenger/teammate while driving drunk are the perfect examples of why players keep getting into trouble and getting arrested. The Cowboy was “on court ordered restrictions/probation” but was arrested twice afterwards as he was put on the same original restrictions/probation. Players know that they can have multiple incidents/arrests while on probation and nothing more is going to happen to them. All they will get is the same conditions of probation that were in place from their original arrest. Kind of like telling your child they are going to be punished if they misbehave again but there’s never any real punishment. The judicial system has become a joke as it applies to athletes.

  4. sschmiggles says: Jul 24, 2013 1:44 PM

    > so that’s just a preliminary hearing? and he has to go back in August for the potential sentencing?

    His lawyer likely asked for a continuance, i.e. to delay the hearing and the judge granted it. It happens all the time in court.

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