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Alfonzo Dennard due in court two days before Patriots’ opener

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On Friday, September 6, while the Patriots are making their final preparations to face the Bills two days later, New England cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will be in a Nebraska courtroom.

Dennard, who was originally scheduled to appear in court this week on a probation violation hearing, had his court date moved to September 6, according to Lori Pilger ‏of the Lincoln Journal Star.

In April, Dennard was placed on probation and sentenced to 30 days in jail after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer. At the time, the judge agreed to put off the 30-day jail sentence until after the upcoming NFL season, and said that if Dennard kept his nose clean he would get the opportunity to avoid jail at all. But in July, Dennard was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

The worst-case scenario for Dennard and the Patriots would be that the judge finds that Dennard violated his probation with the DUI arrest and orders him to serve the 30-day jail stint immediately. Going to jail for 30 days starting on September 6 would keep Dennard out for at least the first five games of the regular season.

However, it’s also possible that Dennard’s court date could get pushed back again, and that he won’t even have to miss any practice. So far, Dennard has managed to avoid having his off-field incidents affect his availability to the Patriots.

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47 Responses to “Alfonzo Dennard due in court two days before Patriots’ opener”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 26, 2013 6:51 PM

    I’m pretty sure that if I did what Dennard did, I could count on going straight to jail.

  2. jrebar88 says: Aug 26, 2013 6:53 PM

    How is he not been suspended yet? Von Miller does nothing wrong, yet this guy thinks he has free reign…

  3. nastyn8770 says: Aug 26, 2013 6:54 PM

    Lifestyles of the rich and famous

  4. ingraven says: Aug 26, 2013 6:58 PM

    Seems like players from EVERY team, sooner or later, run into legal problems. So before someone comes on here and says “Patriots have so many convicts”, make sure your teams record is SQUEAKY clean.

    -Signed: A Ravens Fan who HATES the Patriots but loves the game

  5. hooterdawg says: Aug 26, 2013 6:58 PM

    It doesn’t appear that Robert Kraft learned anything from the Hernandez situation. The Pats are still rolling with character flaws.

  6. dlbpatsfan says: Aug 26, 2013 7:04 PM

    And so it begins….

  7. steelers6rings says: Aug 26, 2013 7:05 PM

    He stayed true to the Patriot Way.

  8. tedmurph says: Aug 26, 2013 7:08 PM

    Push it back until his retirement.

  9. fearthehoody says: Aug 26, 2013 7:12 PM

    hooterdawg, comments like your are why message boards were created. Random garbage with no knowledge behind it

  10. Iknoweverything says: Aug 26, 2013 7:15 PM

    Stay classy Pats.

    They never get rid of a player if they think he can help them win a game or two.
    Kraft and Belicheat are the biggest scums in the league

  11. jrebar88 says: Aug 26, 2013 7:24 PM

    Iknoweverything says:
    Aug 26, 2013 7:15 PM
    Stay classy Pats.

    They never get rid of a player if they think he can help them win a game or two.
    Kraft and Belicheat are the biggest scums in the league

    _________

    Very true, they cut a guy as soon as he is diagnosed with diabetes, but leave this guy on the roster.

  12. jbeagles23 says: Aug 26, 2013 7:24 PM

    What is suspicion of DUI? Was he under the influence or not

  13. tedmurph says: Aug 26, 2013 7:31 PM

    jbeagles23 says:Aug 26, 2013 7:24 PM

    What is suspicion of DUI? Was he under the influence or not.

    ———————————————————-

    There’s Dennard’s car, he hit one of our plainclothed buddies working a detail. It’s late at night. Let’s teach him a lesson.

  14. skoobyfl says: Aug 26, 2013 7:32 PM

    Any other guy would be suspended during this time, yet somehow he’s preparing for courtroom sentencing & the regular season. Maybe we can start having judges come to the game & just enjoy the hot dogs with extra pickles?

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 26, 2013 7:37 PM

    pooflingingmonkey says:

    I’m pretty sure that if I did what Dennard did, I could count on going straight to jail.
    ________________________

    Then you have very little knowledge of the legal system.

    1. It was a first offense. Most people get off with some sort of probation and community service on anything short of a serious crime.

    2. In the heat of the moment in a nightclub incident he popped a cop in plain clothes and give him a bloody lip or some such. As much as the Pats haters act like he left home with the sole intention of assaulting a cop and beat him within an inch of his life, it was nothing like that.

  16. smartestpackerfan says: Aug 26, 2013 7:39 PM

    If the Patriots want to trade him to the Pack, he would probably be a better runningback than Lacy or Franklin.

  17. alwaysright1981 says: Aug 26, 2013 7:54 PM

    Yawn…more Patriot trash that needs taking out.

  18. mwatts1 says: Aug 26, 2013 7:59 PM

    This is a case of an over aggressive cop. This dude has never been in trouble before. Look it up!

  19. thegonz13 says: Aug 26, 2013 8:00 PM

    This guy must be wetting his pants every time cut day comes…

  20. securb2013 says: Aug 26, 2013 8:11 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Aug 26, 2013 7:37 PM

    Actually you have very little knowledge of the legal system.

    If the Judge feels he violated his probation 30 days in jail could be his smallest problem. If his probation is revoked he could spend 16 months in jail.

  21. apkyletexas says: Aug 26, 2013 8:13 PM

    Sentence him to one evening in a cell with Aaron Hernandez.

    That’ll scare him straight.

  22. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Aug 26, 2013 8:13 PM

    Don’t care what dude does off the field. It’s not his job to raise my kid or be a role model. It’s his job to play football. Also don’t blame the Pats for taking chances on players they think can help them won. Winning is why you play. I’m not a Pats fan, but they aren’t the only team to draft dudes with character issues. They’re also not the only team to film other teams. They just got caught.

  23. mitchem85 says: Aug 26, 2013 8:17 PM

    It’s not a felony so he would only serve half the time.. Meaning 15-16 days, not 30.. So he will likely only miss two weeks

  24. titansbro says: Aug 26, 2013 8:25 PM

    How is the worst case scenario not having to do more than the 30 original days. The judge could give him the full 2 years, although that isn’t likely. But this dude should get no more chances. His 30 days, which should be doubled, should be immediate. & this isn’t a Pats thing. This is a dude who assaulted a police officer, was given a very lenient sentence & then told to stay out of trouble. What does he do? He gets a DUI before he can serve his sentence for his original crime. Clearly didn’t learn his lesson & won’t unless the judge actually holds him accountable.

  25. jrcoop says: Aug 26, 2013 8:35 PM

    Like it really matters, after all they’re playing the Bill’s.

  26. bcgreg says: Aug 26, 2013 8:38 PM

    All I will say is that you haters should actually look into what happened in the bar incident AND the suspicion of DUI incident. Seems you folks have no idea what actually happened yet you wanna be judge, jury, and executioner. You all hate that Goodell does that but feel justified doing it yourself. Buncha hypocrites.

  27. thebigtim2012 says: Aug 26, 2013 8:39 PM

    Just gotta love the patriots trolls. We seem to bring out the most ignorant haters in the Internet.

  28. mcguenther13 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:01 PM

    On probation, gets popped for suspicion of DUI, hits an off duty cop and this bum isn’t behind bars???? If that was a regular Joe Schmo like me it would be a year in the clink

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:12 PM

    securb2013 says:

    Actually you have very little knowledge of the legal system.

    If the Judge feels he violated his probation 30 days in jail could be his smallest problem. If his probation is revoked he could spend 16 months in jail.
    ________________________

    I never said anything about the parole violation and the dui. I addressed the club incident only so don’t be disingenuous and act like I did.

    And you’re right in that the parole violation is where he could get stupid. Judges are far less wiling to give second chances after they’ve already given you one.

  30. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 26, 2013 9:12 PM

    He was just doing things the Patriot way.
    It was awesome serving you guys on Thursday. I wish we played again during the regular season. At this rate most of your team will be in jail by then. And a lot of you called the Lions a bunch of criminals.

  31. jrebar88 says: Aug 26, 2013 9:44 PM

    thebigtim2012 says:
    Aug 26, 2013 8:39 PM
    Just gotta love the patriots trolls. We seem to bring out the most ignorant haters in the Internet.
    ___________

    Gotta love Patriots fans, they were non existent until 2001.

  32. justchuckn says: Aug 26, 2013 9:58 PM

    he has to go back to Nebraska inst that punishment enough?

  33. beerndrums says: Aug 26, 2013 10:20 PM

    Don’t flatter yourself tiny tim

  34. edelmanfanclub says: Aug 26, 2013 10:24 PM

    I’ll say this I think Dennard got punished harshly for punching an undercover police officer (yes it was stupid and yes he deserved to be punished). He probably should have served his jail time before the season instead of after the season, but as far as an arrest for suspecting a DUI. That seems fishy, mostly because it was the same police force of the officer who he punched. Why is it that someone is arrested for a DUI after blowing under the legal limit? He made a mistake with the police officer, but if they go hard on him and get him sent to jail for driving while not intoxicated. That’s just wrong by the police (who aren’t above the law).

  35. j0esixpack says: Aug 26, 2013 11:18 PM

    The judge might be just as interested in finding out if the police were specifically targeting Dennard for retribution

    … possibly taking matters into their own hands to get a guy with only 30 days for hitting one of their own an even longer sentence

    It all seems a little fishy to me

  36. doublezero74 says: Aug 26, 2013 11:27 PM

    Bcgreg, well put.

  37. thundersnacker says: Aug 26, 2013 11:35 PM

    bcgreg says:
    Seems you folks have no idea what actually happened yet you wanna be judge, jury, and executioner. You all hate that Goodell does that but feel justified doing it yourself. Buncha hypocrites.

    -Thank you Greg. That’s it right there. You nailed it.

  38. BigBeachBall says: Aug 27, 2013 12:17 AM

    the patriots way…

  39. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 27, 2013 12:19 AM

    Hi cynical commenters. Let’s not forget the fact that Dennard claims to have passed the breathalyzer test TWICE during the incident before he was arrested. Don’t be at all surprised if this goes away as quickly as it came.

  40. rhymeswithpunt says: Aug 27, 2013 12:48 AM

    It’s coming to the point where NFL suspensions are running concurrent with the law.
    Not really.

  41. rhymeswithpunt says: Aug 27, 2013 12:52 AM

    I think everyone on this thread is guilty of being drunk and making bad decisions. At least once.

  42. drgreenstreak says: Aug 27, 2013 1:17 AM

    Where I’m from, you pop a cop in the mouth and you’re either dead or waking up from a coma in a prison hospital.
    Naw, not in this situation. The judge is a Pats fan. But now that he’s been scoffed at by a young, entitled punk, he may change his tone.

    Have another drink, Al. Here’s the keys, bro’.
    Remember, Mr. Kraft and Coach have your back.

  43. hooterdawg says: Aug 27, 2013 1:40 AM

    ‘fearthehoody’ is certainly one of those ignorant Patriot trolls. They privately insist that Hernandez was railroaded and thus cost the Pats a few wins in 2013. They wish the Pats had more players like Hernandez and Dennard.

  44. concord148 says: Aug 27, 2013 7:46 AM

    Wow!! Alfonzo, assaulting a police officer and getting a DUI is really dumb and stupid. Signed: Miley Cyrus

  45. natijim235 says: Aug 27, 2013 8:30 AM

    then where th f is it?

  46. CKL says: Aug 27, 2013 11:11 AM

    I’m a Pats fan and this makes it tougher on the team to plan for his possible absence since they moved the court date closer to the season but I have no problem with it. I’m not big on the legal system accommodating the schedules of people accused of crimes. The Pats had to know this could happen and if they didn’tmake alternate plans, that’s on them.

  47. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Aug 28, 2013 7:02 AM

    Very true, they cut a guy as soon as he is diagnosed with diabetes, but leave this guy on the roster.

    ——————

    I’m assuming the guy with diabetes is Vince Wilfork?

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