By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The New England locker room had no interest in going in-depth on the news of the cocaine possession charge Patriots safety Patrick Chung is facing in New Hampshire. They didn’t even feel like scratching the surface.
“I think we released a statement on that,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said when asked for his reaction to the news.
Devin McCourty, meanwhile, shut the question down without offering any of his own insight.
“I don’t have [a reaction],” McCourty said.
It’s the least shocking update you could have squeezed out of the Patriots tonight (well, except for a quick “no” from Belichick when asked for a medical update on special teamer Brandon King). Especially when you’re talking about a potential felony, and a situation involving a locker room favorite and on and off the field leader for the Patriots.
And Chung, of course, was not on the field — or even with the team — tonight. That was probably (and at least partially) the plan all along, as Chung has donned a no-contact jersey throughout camp and has yet to play in a preseason game this summer due to recovery from a broken arm suffered in the team’s Super Bowl LIII victory over the Rams.
But the 32-year-old certainly seems to have the support of his locker room, as Patriots defensive back Duron Harmon openly talked about the love and appreciation that he (and the rest of the team) has for Chung.
“Obviously, Pat is a great guy, a leader, a captain. A great father. I can’t talk about all the good things about Pat,” Harmon offered. “All I can say right now is it’s an ongoing investigation. We’re rooting for Pat, we love Pat, and we’re gonna do everything we can to rally behind Pat and make sure he gets through this.
“He’s a captain, he’s a leader, but the good thing is we have other leaders, too. At this point, one of our leaders was down, and all we can do is have other leaders step up and take his place. You can’t take Pat’s place because he’s a tremendous football player, tremendous leader. But other guys had to step up and that’s what they did.”
Chung, who has spent nine of his 10 NFL seasons with the Patriots and was given an extension this past offseason, had 84 tackles and an interception in 15 games for the Patriots last year.