Patriots defensive back Alfonzo Dennard arrested in Nebraska for DUI

The Patriots' bad offseason continues

7/11/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce (30) is pushed out o fbounds by New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37)during the second quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium.   Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY SportsYou may or may not have heard that Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is facing murder charges. You also may or may not have heard about Rob Gronkowski's series of surgeries that have people questioning whether or not he'll be ready for opening day.

It's almost as if the Patriots are doing everything they can to take the attention away from signing Tim Tebow, because now they have yet another arrest under their belt.

Defensive back Alfonzo Dennard, who was basically already given a "get out of jail free" card after being convicted on felony asssault charges after he hit a police officer, has now been arrested for DUI.

This is a violation of Dennard's probation, and could lead to jail time for the 23-year-old cornerback.

This is yet another notch in the Patriots' arrest belt, and they're well on their way to taking over the Bengals' reputation as the most troubled team in the league if they don't straighten things out soon.
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7/11/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jess wrote:
I just happened to catch some of this on NFL Network. I don't know if I feel this way because of the Marshawn Lynch thing or what, but do you think maybe they're making a bigger deal about this (the media...not necessarily the Pats) because it just so happens to have gone down during this whole Hernandez fiasco? It seems like this might just be a minor blip on the radar any other time - but now they're talking "downward spiral" in regards to the team when talking about this. I think they're being a little dramatic about this specific issue.

I'm sure that they will be fine - they've got a strong coaching staff and as much as it pains me to say it, a good leader in Tom Brady. I bet there's a "let's get it together" team meeting coming soon, whether it's organized at the top or the players themselves.

You're right, it's piggybacking on the Hernandez issue to say there's a "problem" with the Patriots. Everyone seems to forget that an alleged murderer on an NFL roster is a pretty big outlier, and that even if a player has "character" issues, that's a hard one to see coming.

Also it's about adding to the narrative that the NFL is full of "thugs" and is the National Felony League, even though the data is not conclusive on that.

7/11/13   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Jess wrote:
I just happened to catch some of this on NFL Network. I don't know if I feel this way because of the Marshawn Lynch thing or what, but do you think maybe they're making a bigger deal about this (the media...not necessarily the Pats) because it just so happens to have gone down during this whole Hernandez fiasco? It seems like this might just be a minor blip on the radar any other time - but now they're talking "downward spiral" in regards to the team when talking about this. I think they're being a little dramatic about this specific issue.

I'm sure that they will be fine - they've got a strong coaching staff and as much as it pains me to say it, a good leader in Tom Brady. I bet there's a "let's get it together" team meeting coming soon, whether it's organized at the top or the players themselves.

Yes and no. If it were an isolated incident with Dennard, it wouldn't be a huge deal. Drunk driving is wrong, but he's hardly the first NFL player to get caught doing it.

However, Dennard had some legal issues in college, which led to him dropping into the 7th round. Then, before even playing in a single game, he got arrested again. Now, in his first offseason, ANOTHER arrest.

The problem isn't the one arrest. It's the trend.

7/11/13   |   Jess   |   35129 respect

I just happened to catch some of this on NFL Network. I don't know if I feel this way because of the Marshawn Lynch thing or what, but do you think maybe they're making a bigger deal about this (the media...not necessarily the Pats) because it just so happens to have gone down during this whole Hernandez fiasco? It seems like this might just be a minor blip on the radar any other time - but now they're talking "downward spiral" in regards to the team when talking about this. I think they're being a little dramatic about this specific issue.

I'm sure that they will be fine - they've got a strong coaching staff and as much as it pains me to say it, a good leader in Tom Brady. I bet there's a "let's get it together" team meeting coming soon, whether it's organized at the top or the players themselves.