When Aaron Hernandez was arrested, the Patriots spoke loudly with their actions by cutting him almost immediately. With Alfonzo Dennard’s arrest, the Patriots are taking a more cautious approach.
After initially remaining mum on the news that Dennard had been arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, the team released a statement that looked more or less like the boilerplate statements that teams usually release when players are arrested.
“The New England Patriots are extremely disappointed to learn of Alfonzo Dennard’s arrest. We take this matter very seriously and are working to get more information on the incident,” the statement read.
The fact that the statement says nothing about Dennard getting cut means he still has a chance of saving his job. But the fact that Dennard was already on probation for punching a police officer means that he’s facing the possibility of missing training camp while he’s in jail, or missing the start of the season while he’s suspended by the NFL. Which means his job may not be safe for long.