New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft must have seen this one coming.
Patriots defensive back Alfonzo Dennard was arrested early Thursday morning in Nebraska on suspicion of driving under the influence, becoming the second New England player arrested in 15 days. His former teammate, Aaron Hernandez, was arrested and charged with murder last month in the killing of semipro football player Odin Lloyd.
Dennard, 23, was arrested after police said he failed a field sobriety test. It marks his second arrest in 15 months -- Dennard is scheduled to begin a 30-day jail sentence in March for allegedly assaulting a police officer last year. He was also sentenced to two years of probation.
The Patriots issued a statement Thursday regarding Dennard's arrest:
"The New England Patriots are extremely disappointed to learn of Alfonzo Dennard's arrest. We take this matter very seriously and are working to get more information on the incident."
Dennard's court date is scheduled for Aug. 12.
While Kraft might have been surprised by Hernandez being arrested on a murder charge, Dennard's latest run-in with the law shouldn't have come as a shock. This is another guy the Patriots probably need to throw into the free-agent heap.