NFL.com - New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was arrested and cited Thursday for driving under the influence. But Dennard’s camp paints a different picture of what happened before he was arrested by the Lincoln (Neb.) Police Department. Dennard’s camp claimed he was not asked to take a blood test and said that he did not “fail” the field sobriety test. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that Dennard attempted to blow for a Breathalyzer at least twice, according to a source who had heard specifics of Dennard’s side of what happened. Each time, the attempt was not deemed to have been blown hard enough to meet officers’ qualifications. But that number was believed to be below the legal limit. He was not asked to take a blood test. The police department said that field sobriety tests were done, and that Dennard would not provide an adequate breath sample. The outcome of the tests were not released by police. Dennard also was cited for refusal of a chemical test and straddling lane lines. When asked about the version of events from Dennard’s camp, police spokeswoman Officer Katie Flood reiterated that the officers involved had “probable cause” to believe that Dennard was driving under the influence. But she would not give any details of how the tests went, saying department policy and other state guidelines discouraged the release of such details.
Well, well, well. Looks like I may be guilty of a rush to judgment. The one time I jump down a Patriots player throat it turns out that in my emotional state I might have convicted him before I had all the facts. And now maybe Fonzie is innocent after all. Boy, that’ll learn me. I mean, if it turns out I was wrong, of course I’ll man up and admit it. Because any time I call a Pats player “too dumb to cover Mike Wallace,” say on the charge of Wanton Stupidity he’s guilty on all counts, demand he gets cut and end it with “So long, Dumbass,” I’m happy to be wrong. But in fairness to me, it’s been an emotional few weeks and I’m not myself. So it’ll probably turn out that he took the Field Sobriety tests, touched his nose, walked a straight line, ran a 4.4 40 and did a 6.9 in the 3-cone drill. And I’ll be only too happy to be wrong.
Pro tip for Dennard going forward though: In a town where you’ve been convicted of beating up a cop, you might want to hire a car service. The more you know… @JerryThornton1