Dennard catches a break

Dennard catches a break
April 11, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 24 months of a probation this morning in Nebraska. But the good news for Pats fans (and Alfonzo) is that Dennard won’t miss any time (games or practice) this upcoming season.

Why? Because he’s a professional athlete, so the judge postponed the sentence until March of 2014. And even then, as long as Dennard doesn’t screw up between now and next March, there’s a very good chance that his jail time will be suspended all together.

Not a bad deal for hitting a cop, eh?

Eh, indeed.

Another factor that may have worked in Dennard’s favor, according to reports, is a letter written to Judge Stephanie Stacy by Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

And with the help of a few of my sources inside the Nebraska legal system, I’ve actually obtained the letter.

Here it is —

Judge Stacy: My apologies for the delay in writing you this note, but I’ve spent most of the last few weeks consumed with a fantastic book. It’s called “Beyond the Final Box Score: There’s More to Life Than the Game” by Tom Osborne. Are you familiar?

You may know Mr. Osborne as the former football coach and current Athletic Director at the University of Nebraska, but I know him as a personal hero; as a truly great and exceedingly influential human being. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever met a man or woman from Nebraska whom I didn’t hold in the highest regard. And even though we’ve never met, I can only assume the same about you.

I also assume that you’re quite a football fan. So, I hope you won’t mind that I’ve included a few gifts. Enclosed in this envelope you’ll find a signed photo of Tom Brady, three years worth of Cornhusker season tickets and a plane ticket to join us in Foxboro for the 2013 season opener.

It’s the least we can do for someone who’s dedicated her life to the greater good and ensuring that justice is always served.

Here’s hoping that Alfonzo puts on a great show for you that afternoon. I know he’d hate to miss it.

God speed and go Huskers,

Bill Belichick