Can Patrick Chung be Suspended For Cocaine Charges?

Patrick Chung faces cocaine possession charges and if found guilty could face discipline from the NFL.

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Patriots safety Patrick Chung is facing cocaine possession charges in New Hampshire. He will be arraigned on Wednesday.

The indictment alleges Chung “did possess or have under his control a quantity of the controlled substance cocaine” on June 25 in Meredith, New Hampshire where Chung has a home.

The question is, can Chung be suspended by the NFL if found guilty?

The answer is, maybe.

The NFL policy on substance abuse reads as follows…

2.3 Violations of Law Involving Other Substances of Abuse

Apart from and in addition to any other provisions of this Policy, Players convicted of or admitting to a violation of law (including, within the context of a diversionary program, deferred adjudication, disposition of supervision, or similar arrangement including but not limited to nolo contendere) relating to use, possession, acquisition, sale, or distribution of Substances of Abuse other than alcohol, or conspiring to do so, are subject to appropriate discipline as determined by the Commissioner.

Absent aggravating circumstances, discipline for a first offense will be a suspension without pay for up to four (4) regular and/or post-season games. If the Commissioner finds that there were aggravating circumstances, including but not limited to felonious conduct or serious injury or death of third parties, and/or if the Player has had prior drug or alcohol related misconduct, increased discipline may be imposed. Discipline for a second or subsequent offense, absent aggravating circumstances, will be a suspension without pay for a minimum of six (6) up to ten (10) regular and/or post-season games. A Player’s treatment history may be considered by the Commissioner in determining the appropriate level of discipline.

So to boil it all down, if found guilty Chung can be suspended up to four games by the NFL.

The Patriots released a statement which read: “We are aware of the reports regarding Patrick Chung. We will not be commenting while his judicial proceedings take place.”