“I encourage you take advantage of that. Good luck to you.”
After pulling on a red-and-white University of Nebraska letterman’s jacket, Dennard headed into the hallway where he was met by his girlfriend and their infant daughter. He declined comment to reporters.
Dougherty was disappointed Dennard received jail time.
“If this isn’t a probation case, I don’t know how you can ever have one, and I’m assuming the Legislature recognized you can have probation for this offense for some reason,” Dougherty said. “You’ve got a guy with a spotless criminal record and, what I guess I’d have to characterize as not a serious injury to the police officer, and is a very low risk for being a repeat offender. That strikes me as a guy that you can give probation to without any jail time.
“What he has to do now is abide by the terms of the probation, and the reason I asked the question about whether we can go back in March and ask her to consider an additional suspension of the sentence and perhaps not ever actually have him serve the 30 days was to let the judge know that I think he’s going to do fine and she ought to take that into consideration.”
Even though Dennard’s arrest came before he was an NFL employee, a league spokesman affirmed Thursday that his case will be reviewed under the personal conduct policy. The NFL Players’ Association likely would fight on Dennard’s behalf if he is punished, since the incident happened before he was drafted.