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BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots wasted no time releasing Aaron Hernandez following his arrest on June 26, and owner Robert Kraft said the organization will change their ways when it comes to evaluating players.
Well, the Patriots are being put to another test following cornerback Alfonzo Dennard’s arrest early Thursday — his second arrest in 15 months. The 23-year-old, who is already on probation stemming from a 2012 incident where he punched a police officer, was arrested Thursday on the suspicion of driving under the influence, and is due back in a Nebraska court during training camp.
Dennard’s DUI is much different than Hernandez’ first degree murder charge, but what should the Patriots do with the second-year corner? Should they release him, as they did with Hernandez? 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Michael Felger & Marc “The Beetle” Bertrand discussed that Thursday afternoon, and have differing opinions.
“They’re collecting information, which is perfect in my mind. They need to find out more of what happened last night,” said Bertrand. ”They should let this go through the legal system, and I don’t mean this particular case. The judge could rule that this is a violation of his probation… he had that 30 days in jail delayed until after the football season; there’s a chance now they might not let him delay that.”
“I think they should wait and see how that plays out before they move on from Dennard,” Beetle said. “Will they? I think that’s a possibility. I think that’s in play because of everything that’s happened to them over the last month.”
“I would release him, and I think the Patriots will release him,” said Felger.
“At the base of it, if they bring him back, they need to recognize that he has a problem,” said Felger. “Let’s have an open mind, but let’s be real.”
Felger wonders if Dennard has a drinking problem.
“It could be a guy who displays extremely poor judgement when he is drinking, and can’t handle his booze,” said Beetle.
“I call that a drinking problem,” said Felger. “(In April 2012) he was brought up on felony assault chargers, and found guilty. Not 16 months later, DUI at 2 a.m.. I find it hard pressed to find any expert who will look at that and say ‘I think he’s OK, he’s just stupid.’ I think most people are going to say this guy has issues; drinking issues.”