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Patriots’ Alfonzo Dennard released after 35 days in jail

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Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was released from jail on Friday, 35 days after he began his sentence.

Dennard was sentenced to 60 days after he pleaded no contest to driving under the influence, which constituted a violation of his probation for punching a police officer. He was credited for good behavior while in jail, which is why he was released early.

The judge in both cases allowed Dennard to wait until after the football season to serve his sentence, so Dennard did not miss any games and is now free to join the Patriots’ offseason workouts when they begin on April 21.

Dennard will likely compete with Brandon Browner to be the Patriots’ No. 2 cornerback, across the field from Darrelle Revis. However, New England may not have either of them at the start of the season: Browner has already been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season, and it’s possible that the NFL could suspend Dennard as well.

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25 Responses to “Patriots’ Alfonzo Dennard released after 35 days in jail”
  1. tabcdef9 says: Apr 5, 2014 10:05 AM

    “Patriots’ Alfonzo Dennard released after 35 days in jail”.

    Hmmm, sounds like the Patriot’s released him after he got out of jail.

  2. whiteknightblackheart says: Apr 5, 2014 10:11 AM

    ahhh, the Patriots’ way. These guys have less character than the Bengals.

  3. grimreaper12 says: Apr 5, 2014 10:11 AM

    Played well for the most part last season….considering he was injured.
    Stay out of trouble Dennard, otherwise we’ll cut you! Unlike the Baltimore Ravens, the Patriots are classy organization with standards.
    #THEPATRIOTWAY

  4. patfanken says: Apr 5, 2014 10:13 AM

    If the league was going to punish him, wouldn’t they have done right after the sentence was carried out, and not after he’d served his time???

  5. liquidchaoss says: Apr 5, 2014 10:16 AM

    I just don’t understand how anyone with the privilege of playing in the NFL and making a lot of money would risk getting in trouble like that. Heck even when in trouble the law of the land tries to be lenient, allowing him to serve his time after football season? Any regular joe schmo would of been thrown in jail immediately and would not be released on good behavior.

  6. laxer37 says: Apr 5, 2014 10:16 AM

    There was a time when the Patriots didn’t put up with this crap. Things change with Tom Brady’s carrier drawing to a close and the realization it’s been 10 years since their last Super Bowl victory.

    Pats are going all in, even if it means keeping low character guys around.

  7. ourempirestrikesback says: Apr 5, 2014 10:17 AM

    Even if Dennard is suspended alongside Browner for the first four games the Patriots still have Logan Ryan to start alongside Revis. Ryan had a way better year than most people realize. He was the best rookie corner last year for sure.

    The Patriots secondary is very deep. Revis, Browner, Dennard, and Ryan are about as strong as a top four as you’ll see this side of Seattle.

  8. jrfrom508 says: Apr 5, 2014 10:36 AM

    Free for life so ya better think twice!

  9. remyje says: Apr 5, 2014 10:46 AM

    “Patriots’ Alfonzo Dennard released after 35 days in jail”.

    Hmmm, sounds like the Patriot’s released him after he got out of jail.

    hahahaha i was thinking the same thing

  10. patriotsarespygaters says: Apr 5, 2014 11:19 AM

    This incident stemmed from a year ago he is not a bad dude good number 2 corner

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 5, 2014 11:22 AM

    The patriots are the league’s second lowest character team.

    The pittsburgh steelers are the lowest character team.

  12. mrconnors says: Apr 5, 2014 11:24 AM

    Out early for good behavior. Even our low character guys have high character.

    #Greatriots
    #Wehavethreeringsandyoudon’t

  13. thelionsrgreat says: Apr 5, 2014 12:12 PM

    Future Viking I’m sure!

  14. 8oneanddones says: Apr 5, 2014 12:14 PM

    Now stay the heck out of Nebraska, please.

  15. scmems07 says: Apr 5, 2014 12:59 PM

    pretty sad when the pat’s players and coaches have more character than the seahawks.

  16. tim8450 says: Apr 5, 2014 1:46 PM

    During college he was involved in a street altercation after the bars closed. He punched a guy who came up behind him thinking he was about to be jumped and the guy turned out to be a plain-dressed cop. This was before he joined the patriots. He fell in the draft as a result, and served his time. Probably cost him millions. How much does this guy have to keep paying for a college mistake?

  17. craigmaitland says: Apr 5, 2014 2:22 PM

    Classiest organization in football. The “patriot way”.

  18. bennyb82 says: Apr 5, 2014 2:42 PM

    I bet he is relieved to not have this hanging over his head any longer. The Patriots secondary is going to be SOLID next year. Plus with Wilfork returning this defense has a lot to be excited about.

  19. bassplucker says: Apr 5, 2014 5:13 PM

    Well, he’s marginally less of a low-life than Aqib Talib… so there’s that, I guess.

  20. whywerule says: Apr 5, 2014 5:17 PM

    8oneanddones says:
    Apr 5, 2014 12:14 PM
    Now stay the heck out of Nebraska, please.

    I am sure he would love to but he has been under a court order to remain in Nebraska except when he had a work reason to be outside of Nebraska (Patriots training camp and football season). Assuming he still has some probation ahead of him, that court order is probably still in place.

  21. dynaco says: Apr 5, 2014 5:59 PM

    Jailbird and Patriots are synonymous, but hey: #WEGOTREVISFOR1YEAR@12MILLION#LOL

  22. scw1993 says: Apr 5, 2014 6:22 PM

    I’d rather have dennard on my team than half the dallas cowboys. America’s team has become a trainwreck.

  23. yourfavoriteteamstinks says: Apr 5, 2014 6:29 PM

    liquidchaoss says:
    Apr 5, 2014 10:16 AM

    I just don’t understand how anyone with the privilege of playing in the NFL and making a lot of money would risk getting in trouble like that. Heck even when in trouble the law of the land tries to be lenient, allowing him to serve his time after football season? Any regular joe schmo would of been thrown in jail immediately and would not be released on good behavior.

    —-

    Gotta love these comments everytime a player is arrested. “If I made that much money, I would do this and never get in trouble and be perfect”

    Look, life is full of intangibles. Its easy to criticize anothers mistakes from the outside looking in. I’m sure we have all made mistakes that would make another person shake their head.

  24. csilojohnson says: Apr 5, 2014 6:33 PM

    The Patriot way.

  25. rob471773 says: Apr 7, 2014 2:59 PM

    No way should the NFL suspend Dennard.

    He committed the initial crime before he was even drafted and then was targeted by the same PD on a trumped up sham “SUSPICION” of DUI charge. The initial charge of assaulting a police officer was shaky at best, he was involved in a scrap at a bar and when an officer who WAS NOT in uniform tried to break it up he was alegedly hit by Dennard.

    Remember, he took and passed the breathalizer twice and only refused to take it when they demanded he keep retaking the test.

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