New England Patriots: Alfonzo Dennard Hearing Delayed ... Again

By Jared Smith
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Alfonzo Dennard has had an interesting two years. He is a class citizen when he is on the field and the season is underway, but it seem that he has hit some rough patches in the offseason.

The first offense that most people are aware about is when he punched a police officer the Monday before the 2012 NFL draft. That ended up getting him two years of probation and 30 days in jail, which was pushed back until after the 2013 NFL season. This past offseason, Dennard put that deal he had in place in jeopardy by getting arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Well, once again, Dennard’s hearing was pushed back. Originally scheduled for August, the hearing has now been pushed back a second time until September 16, and I would not be surprised if it keeps getting pushed back. The facts of this case are that he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and he denies it, which isn’t surprising.

But like most NFL players, Dennard has a good lawyer and will conveniently have his hearing in Nebraska, where he went to college. Like the first case, there are a number of things that can happen here. He could be found guilty of that DUI, but somehow get off with just a slap on the wrist and not violate his probation, which would be great news.

What I predict will happen is that the state will end up dropping the DUI charge against Dennard because of insufficient evidence.

My guess for the reason why  the hearing keeps getting pushed back, is because the state is trying to build a case against him for the DUI charge. They obviously do not have enough evidence, or this hearing would have happened in August. For something like a DUI, there is no more evidence that is going to pop up, so this charge most likely gets thrown out and Dennard walks. I

f that happens, he should consider himself lucky and do everything he can to be a class citizen during the season and offseason. Because after the summer that the New England Patriots just had, they will not be patient with players who break the law.

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