Patrick Chung opens up on opting out, Bill Belichick's reaction

Ryan Hannable
July 30, 2020 - 10:28 am
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Earlier in the week, it was revealed Patrick Chung would be one of the Patriots players opting out of the 2020 NFL season.

On Wednesday, Chung explained his reasoning in an appearance on CBS This Morning.

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“You want to play football. I’m in the latter end of my career, so I wanted to play football," he said. "But when it comes down to it, I feel that money is not that important. I have a girlfriend that’s pregnant, a baby girl coming soon, my son has a little asthma, my dad is 75 years old. I just felt like this was the best decision for my family to keep everyone safe. I don’t think it’s fair to them. So I decided to do that. It’s not over. It’s just postponed a little bit.”

The long-time Patriots safety was asked what Bill Belichick's reaction was, and he said the coach completely understood.

“That’s private, but he understood,” Chung said. “He understands it’s a serious pandemic going on. He totally got it. You guys think Bill is this drill sergeant, but he’s actually a very caring person. So he totally understood, and that was it. It was a short phone call."

And will other Patriots players opt out?

“I don’t know,” he said “I can’t really speak (for) those guys. I know a lot of guys are thinking — it is; it’s a scary situation. And whatever they decide, then that’s on them. I can’t really speak for them. Like I said, everyone has different situations. Some people don’t have people at high risk in their household or around them, so it’s a little different. Hopefully, whatever they do, they make the right decision that’s going to keep their family healthy, keep them healthy and be safe.

“So we’ll see. That’s going to come out eventually. We’ve got a couple more days.”

Players reportedly have until Aug. 3 to decide.