And the New England Patriots are back in the news. It wouldn’t seem like the right offseason if we didn’t wake up to reports of a member of the Patriots in trouble with the law or an NFL player or executive being arrested for driving under the influence. On Thursday morning, we were treated to both. According to the Omaha World-Herald, Dennard was pulled over at approximately 2:00 a.m. this morning in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Dennard refused to take a blood-alcohol test after the police saw him straddling a lane line.
It’s not good news for Dennard, who was currently waiting to serve a 30-day jail sentence after the 2013 season for assaulting a police officer. He was also set to face two-years of probation, but this arrest could be viewed as a violation of those terms.
If the judge wants to review the case after the latest development in Dennard’s personal life, he could land himself behind bars much sooner than season’s end and that would be crippling to the Patriots organization.
It wasn’t long ago that the Patriots seemed like the model organization and one that players could turn to if they were looking to stay out of trouble, but the recent string of events goes to show that times are changing and New England isn’t the place that we once thought it was.