Alfonzo Dennard of Patriots arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (37) was arrested on suspicion of DUI charges in Lincoln. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

For any other franchise, signing Tim Tebow to a free agent contract would have probably been the biggest story of the offseason. But for the Patriots, its seems, bringing The Chosen One aboard – along with his intense media and fan following – was only the tip of the iceberg.

At this point in time, we can foresee nothing being bigger than the ongoing Aaron Hernandez trial for the first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd. However, New England is once again dealing with the arrest of a probable 2013 stater in defensive back Alfonzo Dennard.

Granted, Dennard’s arrest is not the earth-shattering news the Patriots have been forced to deal with recently. But for a team that is so intent on keeping up “The Patriot Way,” owner Robert Kraft cannot be having a very pleasant offseason.

Dennard was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Thursday morning in Lincoln, Neb. When an officer pulled the former Cornhuskers car over at roughly 2 a.m. for driving erratically, Dennard refused to take a breathalyzer test.

It was at that point that he was arrested and the franchise’s offseason issues rolled on.

According to the Journal-Star, Dennard tumbled down 2012 NFL Draft boards after punching a cop during a fight less than a week prior to the event. Like Hernandez, what other teams considered a “character issue,” New England considered a diamond in the rough – they got themselves a starting-caliber player in the seventh round.

[H/T: Deadspin]

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