The New England Patriots image has taken a hit as a result of the Aaron Hernandez situation. Another black spot for the franchise has been cornerback Alfonzo Dennard. Before the draft the Dennard was arrested for an incident in Nebraska, but the Patriots selected him anyways.
That has resulted in a postponed 30 day jail sentence and 2 years of probabtion. On July 11th he was arrested for a DUI.
But Dennard’s camp says that he didn’t fail any sobriety tests and that the allegations are false. And it could be a sign of support or agreement from the New England Patriots that they aren’t planning on cutting Dennard.
But despite the two arrests, and despite the negative publicity generated recently by the Aaron Hernandez situation, the Patriots do not plan on cutting Dennard, a league source told the Globe.
The team is, however, prepared for Dennard to be suspended by the NFL under the player conduct policy. As a reference point, Lions cornerback Aaron Berry was suspended for three games in 2012 after getting arrested twice in the offseason. An NFL spokesman said only that Dennard’s case is “under review.”
The morning after his arrest, the Patriots said in a statement that they “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.”