Retired ex-New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung charged with assault and battery of family member

According to court records, Patrick Chung, a former safety for the New England Patriots was charged Monday with assault and battery on a family member and vandalism.
According to The Boston Globe, Chung appeared in Quincy, Massachusetts court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty for charges that involved the mother of one his children. Chung was also granted a civil restraining or against the woman who represented herself at the hearing. Chung was represented in court by an attorney.

Chung, 34, was a Patriots player from 2009 to 2012 and then again from 2014 to 2019. Chung was part of three Super Bowl champion teams.

Chung had decided to withdraw from the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. He intended to play in 2021, but he retired in March. Chung posted on Instagram that it was time to start a new chapter.

Later, he said that breaking the news of the Patriots' coach Bill Belichick was "probably the most difficult conversation" he'd had in a while.

Chung stated that he felt like he was being let down but that it was something he had to do for his family.

Chung tweeted Monday afternoon that he was enjoying the "best day" of his life.

Chung was charged with cocaine possession in New Hampshire in August 2019. However, the charge was conditionally dropped in January 2020.