Oct 7, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Foxboro, MA (Sports Network) - The New England Patriots, already reeling from
the Aaron Hernandez murder charge, have another legal matter to consider after
reports Thursday morning stated that cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested
on suspicion of DUI in Nebraska.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, the former University of Nebraska star
was arrested early Thursday morning by Lincoln police.
The paper cited police as saying Dennard was pulled over after officers
spotted his vehicle straddling the lane line on a city street. He refused a
breath test and was taken into custody.
"The New England Patriots are extremely disappointed to learn of Alfonzo
Dennard's arrest," the team said in a statement Thursday. "We take this matter
very seriously and are working to get more information on the incident."
It's not Dennard's first run-in with the law.
The 24-year-old was sentenced to two years of probation, 30 days in jail and
100 hours of community service just three months ago after assaulting a police
officer and resisting arrest in April 2012 -- just days before the NFL Draft.
His jail term wasn't expected to begin until March 1, 2014.
New England selected Dennard in the seventh round of the 2012 draft as his
stock dropped following the arrest.
As a rookie, Dennard registered 35 tackles and three interceptions, returning
one for a touchdown. He started seven of the 10 regular-season games he
played, and also appeared in both of New England's playoff games.
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