Patriots safety Patrick Chung finds himself in some legal trouble. He was indicted on felony cocaine possession charges in Laconia, New Hampshire on August 8th. The incident reportedly happened in late June.
Chung has pleaded not guilty to the charges brought up against him. He returns to court in November.
Under New Hampshire law, Class A or B felony cocaine possession charges come with either jail time or a fine (in some cases both). The amount in possession typically comes into play if there was an intent to distribute.
The Patriots organization stated that they are aware of the situation. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has deflected questions surrounding Chung's impending charges and will not comment on his absence from the team during the preseason.
This news is certainly upsetting for much of Patriot Nation. Patrick Chung is a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Patriots, and a long-time staple to New England’s defense.
During Super Bowl 53, he went down with a broken arm and underwent surgery a few days later. He was expected to be ready to go for the start of this season.
While the recuperation and has kept Chung sidelined during the preseason, his current situation now keeps him away from focusing on football. Chung could be facing a suspension for his first offense under the current NFL and NFLPA bargaining agreement.
A timeline for Chung now remains unknown. However what is certain is the Patriots were relying on him this season, like they have done a few times before.
In his 10-year NFL career, Chung has spent nine non-consecutive seasons playing in Foxboro. The Patriots selected Chung in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft from the University of Oregon
Chung played his first four seasons with New England until 2013. He then signed a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. By March 2014, however, the Eagles cut him and Chung ended up back in New England.
It seems clear that since Chung’s return to the Patriots, things have only gone up for him (on the field). Back in March 2018, Chung and the Patriots agreed on a two-year contract extension through 2020. In April, Chung signed a one-year contract extension to ensure he sticks around until at least 2021.
It may be some time before Patriot fans see the worth in Chung’s contract extension now that his return is questionable.
Expect Chung to miss time if found guilty of the allegation. But his court date isn't until November, so a suspension may be lingering over him for a few more months.