Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has been dealing with legal issues since before New England drafted him last year, but so far those legal issues haven’t affected his NFL career. And at the rate his hearings keep getting delayed, Dennard’s legal issues may never affect his NFL career.
Dennard was scheduled to appear in court in Lincoln, Nebraska, today on a probation violation hearing, but that hearing has been delayed until September 16.
The Patriots drafted Dennard in 2012 just days after he was arrested for punching a police officer. Dennard was later convicted of a felony in connection with that incident, but the judge agreed to schedule Dennard’s 30-day sentence for the spring of 2014, meaning Dennard would not have to miss any playing time.
Dennard was also placed on probation for that incident, and when he was arrested this year on suspicion of drunk driving, it appeared to be a violation of that probation. But Dennard’s probation violation hearings have been repeatedly delayed, and so the judge hasn’t ruled one way or the other about whether Dennard’s arrest did, in fact, violate his probation.
If Dennard is found to have violated his probation, it’s possible that he could be sent to jail for 30 days immediately, rather than getting to wait for the offseason. And if that happens during the season, it would be a significant problem for Dennard and the Patriots. But so far, Dennard has managed to avoid letting his off-field problems affect him on the field.