After talking briefly with Patriots’ head of media relations Stacey James and Bill Belichick consigliere Berj Najarian, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard chatted briefly with reporters after Friday’s training camp practice.
However, Dennard refused to discuss his pending court case. He was pulled over on suspicion of DUI earlier this month in Lincoln, Neb., just three months after he was sentenced in the same city for hitting a Lincoln police officer in April 2012.
“I’m not going to talk about that right now. It’s football right now,” he said when asked about his case. “I’m just here to play football. I’m not going to talk about it, I’m not going to get into it, I’m just here to play football. Stay focused on what’s important right now, is football.”
Dennard was in court on Wednesday for arraignment on an allegation that he violated the terms of his probation because of the July 11 incident. The judge said Dennard was able to travel out of state, thus allowing him to return to Massachusetts for training camp with New England. He must return to court Aug. 27 for a hearing on whether his probation will be revoked.
At his April sentencing, Judge Stephanie Stacy was given a letter from Bill Belichick, who gave his support to Dennard and told the court that he had been a good citizen and teammate in his first season with the Patriots.
Does Dennard feel as though he let Belichick down because of his most recent incident?
“I’m still on the team right now, so that’s what I’m worried about right now,” he said.
On the field, Dennard got snaps with both the first- and second-string defense. He played in 10 regular-season games as a rookie, with seven starts.