New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung is one of six players from the team, as well as a handful of other players, to opt-out of this year’s NFL season.
During an interview on Wednesday on CBS This Morning, Chung spoke about how COVID-19 still is spreading throughout America and that is what untimely made him prioritize the health and safety of his family.
New England @Patriots' @PatrickChung23 is a 3-time #SuperBowl champion, and one of six players on the team who've chosen to opt out of this upcoming @NFL season due to #coronavirus concerns.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) July 29, 2020
Only on @CBSThisMorning, he joins us to discuss how he came to the decision to sit out. pic.twitter.com/jn2sMbVyUY
I have a girlfriend that's pregnant, a baby girl coming soon, my son has a little bit of 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.
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Chung has been vocal about his concerns about being able to “socially distance football.” Some players have gone as far as criticizing the NFL for its lack of safety protocols and instructions on how this season is supposed to roll out entering training camp.
As much the 32-year old veteran knows he is at the tail end of his career, he said opting out of this season had “nothing to do with” the league.
"It's more about people who have different situations and different families," Chung said. "I just have a certain situation where I had to make the best decision for my family, so that's what I did."
Chung joins six other Patriots who have backed out of the season prior to the first day of training camp. They include linebacker Dont'a Hightower, running back Brandon Bolden, fullback Danny Vitale, offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, and offensive guard Najee Toran.
Chung also believes more Patriots could follow in the days to come, but it truly depends on each player’s individual situation and comfort level.
"I know a lot of guys are thinking it's a scary situation," Chung said. "Whatever they decide, 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 safe."
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