New Details Give Patriots’ Patrick Chung A Whole New Twist

Patriots safety Patrick Chung pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of cocaine possession and waived his arraignment as confirmed by a New Hampshire Supreme Court spokesman in a statement to media outlets Monday morning.

Chung was scheduled for an arraignment Wednesday in a New Hampshire court courtroom after he was formally indicted at his Meredith, N.H., residence.

According to court documents, “Chung did possess or have under his control a quantity of the controlled drug cocaine.”

Meredith officers arrived at Chung’s residence “obtained the evidence which has led to the current charges being filed,” County Attorney Andrew Livernois said in a statement Thursday.

The New England Patriots released a statement on Chung’s case.

“We are aware of the reports regarding Patrick Chung,” the Patriots said Thursday. “We will not be commenting while his judicial proceedings take place.”

Harmon was one of the few Patriots players to talk about the issue because he had a similar experience. In March last year, “Harmon was detained at customs after landing in Costa Rica. He was sent back to the United States after marijuana and paraphernalia were found in his luggage.” Harmon wasn’t arrested, and the NFL didn’t punish him.  

“It’s a similar situation,” said Harmon. “But the thing that really helped get me through my situation was guys rallying around me, the coaches, the organization, helping me get through. The situation won’t be different for Pat. We can’t talk too much about what’s going on (with him), it’s an ongoing investigation, but I know one thing, Pat’s a fighter, he’s a great human being, he’s a great father, a great friend, a great team leader. I can’t say enough good things about him. I know he’s going to get through it. We’re going to make sure we help him get through it.”

Harmon says this incident made him a stronger, better person.

“I learned so much through that situation. I learned so much about myself, what I needed to change,” said Harmon. “The thing that helped me was family, my teammates, this organization, the coaches, Mr. Kraft. They rallied around me at a time I needed it the most. I’m 100 percent sure that’s what Patty is going to get from his family, from his teammates, from our coaches, from the front office, from Mr. Kraft because we know what type of guy Pat is. So we’re going to make sure we rally around him, and let him know we have his back.”

His teammates helped him go through the process, and they supported him all the time.

“We all knew I made a mistake, a mistake I wish I could have back,” said Harmon. “The only thing I could do from it was learn from it, and get better from it. This organization, from top to bottom, not only made sure I got better from it, learned from it, but pushed me to be a better person going forward.”

There’s a strong leadership in the locker room. Chung will get a lot of help from his teammates. He was voted a captain last season.

“The brotherhood that we have here, the family atmosphere, there’s so many people to talk to,” said Harmon. “I had (character coach) Jack (Easterby) at the time, I had (Matthew) Slater, I had Devin (McCourty), Jason (McCourty), Pat, (Jonathan) Jones  . . . when I got into trouble, so many people picked me up. It’s that family atmosphere that helps you get through times like this.”

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