New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested early Thursday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence. Dennard was pulled over at 2 A.M. in Lincoln, Nebraska after police say Dennard’s car was “straddling a lane.”
The 23-year old Dennard reportedly refused to take a sobriety test after being pulled over.
It looks to be another bad off-the-field decision by Dennard, who was arrested just over a year ago after punching a police officer in the face at a Lincoln bar. He was convicted in February and received two years of probation, a 30-day jail sentence and 100 hours of community.
The youngster’s off-the-field issues were a big reason he dropped all the way to the seventh round in the 2012 NFL Draf despite an impressive four-year career at Nebraska. The Patriots selected Dennard 224th overall and the defensive back was solid for the Pats in his rookie year, starting six games and recording three interceptions.
This is certainly not the press that the Patriots needed right now, as they’re still trying to recover from the Aaron Hernandez backlash. The Pats’ front office continues to get bit by their gambles on talented players with troubled pasts, something they may start thinking more carefully about moving forward.
Update: Patriots have released a statement regarding Denard’s arrest:
“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.”