The woeful offseason continued early this morning for the New England Patriots as starting cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. This is particularly concerning news for Dennard because he was sentenced to 30 days in jail just three months ago after he was convicted of assaulting a police officer.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, Dennard was pulled over in Linclon, Nebraska at approximately 2 a.m. after he was seen straddling a lane line by police officers. After being pulled over, Dennard refused to take a breathalyzer.
Dennard could face some serious legal issues because this arrest may violate his two-year probation that he received after being sentenced to 30 days in jail. Dennard was initially supposed to serve this jail sentence after the 2013 NFL season, but this recent arrest could change the ruling made by the judge three months ago.
Will Dennard face discipline from NFL Commissioner Roger Godell? A suspension is certainly possible now that Dennard is a repeat offender, but an even more intriguing question is how will the Patriots handle this situation?
Could the Patriots cut Dennard despite his strong rookie season? In the wake of the Aaron Hernandez murder charges, the Patriots are trying to rebuild their image as a franchise.Will they cut Dennard to send a clear message to their fans and the league that they do not condone misconduct off the football field?
If the Patriots do part ways with Dennard, their secondary could suffer. In recent years, the secondary has let down the team in big moments in playoff games. But after re-signing last year’s mid-season acquisition Aqib Talib and agreeing to terms with safety Adrian Wilson in free agency, the team was expected to have a much-improved passing defense.
If starting corner-back Dennard is released, the Patriots will once again face major question marks in their secondary.