Patriots safety Patrick Chung reaches settlement on drug charge

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 28: Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots talks to the media during Super Bowl LIII Opening Night at State Farm Arena on January 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 28: Patrick Chung #23 of the New England Patriots talks to the media during Super Bowl LIII Opening Night at State Farm Arena on January 28, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

98.5 The Sports Hub staff report

Patriots safety Patrick Chung will find himself in a New Hampshire courtroom stemming from his cocaine possession charge last summer, as the 32-year-old reportedly a settlement with the prosecution on Monday.

In a statement released by Belknap County attorney Andrew Livernois, Chung's settlement with the prosecution will include a 'good behavior' period from Chung of at least two years, drug testing, and 40 hours of community service.

Per Livernois, Chung's drug testing will be once a month for 12 months, and then for a period of every 90 days over the next 12 months. On the community service front, Chung's hours will be related to drug prevention and education, and 20 of those 40 hours will have to be completed in New Hampshire. Chung will have to fulfill those 40 hours within the next 18 months.

With the potential legal case behind Chung, the National Football League can begin their investigation of Chung, and potentially hand out discipline of their own should they deem it necessary. As a first time offender, Chung would likely face a suspension of up to four games if the NFL hits him with any additional punishment.

Chung, who battled through numerous injuries during the 2019 season, is on the Patriots' books through the 2021 season, and will carry a cap hit just under $6 million next season.

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