The New England Patriots' turmoil continues.
While former tight end Aaron Hernandez is accused of murder, Patriots
cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested Thursday morning in Lincoln,
Nebraska on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Dennard was stopped just before 2 a.m. on Normal Boulevard after a
Lincoln police sergeant observed a red Honda Accord straddling lane
lines, and the starting cornerback "emitted an odor of alcohol and
displayed signs of impairment," according to a police report.
Dennard was transported to a substance-abuse treatment facility for a
Breathalyzer exam. However, police said the NFL player and former
Nebraska standout "would not provide an adequate breath sample for
Dennard faces the following charges: DUI, refusal of a chemical test
and straddling lane lines.
Released from jail, Dennard has an Aug. 12 court date, right in the
middle of the Patriots' training camp.
Dennard was convicted of felony assault for assaulting a police officer
and was sentenced in April to two years of probation, 30 days in jail
and community service.
. When Dennard was sentenced, the presiding judge, Stephanie Stacy,
warned him that he needed to behave.
"There are a lot of people who are watching you — young athletes who
will model your behavior, your attitudes, particularly about law
enforcement," Stacy said "I hope this order of probation gives you an
opportunity to set a positive example and positively influence people.
I encourage you take advantage of that. Good luck to you."
Although the league and the Patriots haven't said anything yet about
Dennard, he'll face potential discipline under the NFL personal-conduct
He may have also jeopardized his status on the roster.
Dennard is also represented by Athletes First, the same agency that
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