Former Patriots Super Bowl champ Patrick Chung charged with assault and battery

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 29: Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 29: Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

The New England Patriots have molded plenty of young players into stalwart defensive backs during their dynastic run, and Patrick Chung is certainly one of the more noteworthy examples. However, he stands on the verge of watching his legacy in the NFL erode due to his behavior.

Chung has had trouble with the law in recent years, as he was charged with felony cocaine possession in 2019 after authorities found drugs in his home.

Unfortunately, he appears to have found himself back in legal trouble once again, as this latest incident is even more concerning.

The Athletic’s Jeff Howe has reported that Chung was arrested and charged with assault and battery on a family/household member. The 34-year-old Chung, who was also charged with vandalizing property in Milton on Monday, will be arraigned on Tuesday in Quincy, Mass.

Massachusetts state law claims that those found guilty of assault and battery on a family member can be imprisoned for up to 2.5 years and fined up to $5,000, so if he is indeed brought to trial for these charges, they could potentially lead to incarceration.

This is yet another concerning incident on Chung’s resume.

Former Patriots DB Patrick Chung has been arrested.

Chung, who came to the Patriots as a second-round pick out of Oregon in the 2009 NFL Draft, signed a two-year extension with the Patriots in 2020, but he opted out of last year’s season and retired before 2021. He left behind a very productive career under Bill Belichick.

In an 11-year career, 10 of which were spent with the Patriots, Chung recorded 11 interceptions and tallied 778 tackles, all while winning three Super Bowl rings.

Due to Chung’s prior drug charge, this is not the first time that he has had some run-ins with the law. Those charges were dismissed in January 2020 provided he would remain on good behavior for two years after that, meaning that the conditional dropping of those charges could potentially be revoked.

If he’s guilty regarding his latest alleged transgression, he risks seeing any goodwill he may have engendered within the league or the Patriots organization completely disappear.