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Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 7:45 am
Hurd allegedly wanted to buy 10 kilograms of cocaine and a half-ton of marijuana per week. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was arrested Wednesday night on federal drug charges after he allegedly attempted to purchase drugs from a North Texas supplier.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, Hurd told an undercover operative that he wanted up to 10 kilograms of cocaine and a half-ton of marijuana per week "for distribution in the Chicago area." He added that he was willing to pay $25,000 per kilo and $450 per pound.

According to a report from 670 The Score (via CBS Chicago), "Hurd was a top drug dealer in Chicago and police have a list of NFL players who were supplied drugs by the receiver, a law enforcement source told the radio station. The list is 'in the double-digits,' according to the source."

More details via the criminal complaint (by way of the Dallas Morning News):

"…[H]is co-conspirator is in charge of doing the majority of the deals as Hurd focuses on the 'higher-end' deals. Hurd subsequently inquired if the UCA (undercover operative) and the CI (confidential informant involved in the case) could provide him with Mexican cellular telephones, as Hurd believed that law enforcement did not have the capability of listening to Mexican telephones."

One of Hurd's attorney's, David Kenner, said Hurd will fight the charges.

"Sam intends to fight these charges, and we intend to defend him fully," said Kenner. "We have complete confidence in him."

Kenner, who once defended Snoop Dogg of murder charges, said this is not the first time he's had a case where his client seemed doomed from the start.

"They start off looking terrible, and then we end up with 'not guiltys,'" Kenner said.

A handcuffed Hurd didn't comment on the charges, but when asked if he was still a member of the Bears said, "As far as I know."

Roy Williams, Hurd's teammate in Chicago and before that  in Dallas, said via Rapid Reporter Gene Chamberlain: "I'm distraught about the situation. It's a situation that I don't want anyone to be in, especially a close friend and a teammate that I've been playing with now for four or five years now, especially a guy from Texas with a wife and daughter."

More from linebacker Brian Urlacher: "Outside of here I don't know him very well, but he comes to work every day and practices hard and plays hard. ... He's always been really friendly. He says 'hi' in the hallway every time you walk by him. You know I walk by him 10 times a day in the hallway and he still says hi every time." 

Linebacker Lance Briggs called the whole episode sad: "Whether it’s a teammate, whether it’s another football player, baseball, basketball, it doesn’t really matter. You hate to see this happen to anyone. That’s just it. We all make mistakes. But like I said, it’s just sad to see."

As for whether it's a distraction to the team, "There's a sports side, there’s a business side and then there’s a personal side, and, when it comes to business as a professional, you have to take care of business," Briggs said, according to Chamberlain.  Urlacher added: "Obviously it's what we have to deal with with you [media] but football-wise it's not going to be an issue. We'll go out there and practice like we do every day and hopefully put it behind us when Sunday gets here ... 'til the game is over and we have to answer more questions about it."

The Bears released a statement Thursday afternoon: “We are aware of Sam’s arrest and are continuing to gather details surrounding it.  We are disappointed whenever these circumstances arise.  We will deal with them appropriately once we have all the information."

Hurd signed a three-year contract with the Bears in the offseason worth $5.15 million, including a $1.35 million signing bonus. Through 13 games,  he played primarily on special teams, catching just eight passes for 109 yards. Hurd played his college ball at Northern Illinois and was signed by the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2006. During his five years in Dallas, he had 45 receptions for 630 yards and two touchdowns.

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Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:19 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Yeah, and not only that, they should kick the city of Chicago out of the United States and make them move to Mexico. Im also still trying to figure out, how they are going to blame this on Bush.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:11 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

By the way pal, most teams out there season would be in the crapper, if they lost their starting quarterback and their starting running back, and have Mike Martz as your offensive coordinator. He is worthless. Look at the 49ers since they got rid of him.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:09 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Big deal. Point is, he is making more money than most of us will see in a lifetime, and he is so stupid he needs more so he attempts to sell drugs. Idiot indeed. You cant take the thug out of a lot of people. I still say that if you took all these inner city people who call themselves the "poor victims", and you gave them all a million dollars each, in a period of 5 years or less, over 90 percent of them would be worse off financially than they were before you gave them the money. And a bunch of them would be dead. You cant fix stupid.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:06 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

No way. You think these inner city kids who are now millionaire football players would actually revert back to their inner city ways and deal drugs. Come on man. Are you serious? I am, because most of these guys just cant get the victim mentality out of their heads that was drummed in there growing up. Even though they are rotten stinking millionaires who control their own destiny for now, they still think of themselves as victims because they continue to escalated that lie, and they just dont grow out of it. Now, when they are millionaires, and they get caught doing stuff like this, they still have the innate ability to blame others, and its always someone elses fault. Its so easy to play the victim. Anyone can do it. Even little girls. Its time for them to grow up and be big boys.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:04 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Hurd signed a three-year contract with the Bears in the offseason worth , including a $1.35 million signing bonus

He doesn't make 5 milion a year, its 5 million over three years...but that's neither hear nor there he was an idiot for trying to make this type of deal...that's what you have people for...

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:02 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

He may be Bears player, well he was but believe me they will be done with him now, but he brought his drug problem with him from the Dallas Cowboys. Seems they have a history of that in the Big D. Maybe someone should see if rich old Jerry Jones is using all his mega bucks to try to make some more in the drug trade??? Hmmm. Just a thought. He does remind me of an older version of the guy that owned the Casino in the Rock version of Walking Tall or whatever it was called where he had that big stick.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:58 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Duh? The Bears fact finding mission to to see if anyone else in their locker room is tied to this, and they will be gone also. The Chicago Bears organization will not tolerate a bunch of druggies on the team. Who do you think they are, the Dallas Cowboys?

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:55 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Who are you referring to as the new black sheep team of the NFL ? I sure hope your not thinking that is the Chicago Bears, because your far off base if you think that. This dude is off the team, and anyone they catch associated with drugs will be gone. The Bears wont tolerate this. Now the Dallas Cowboys, well, thats another story. I would agree with that totally, as they have a history of having druggies in their locker room. Hollywood Henderson anyone? Michael Irvin? Nate Newton? Sam Hurd? And there were many, many more.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:52 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

 “We are aware of Sam’s arrest and are continuing to gather details surrounding it."

Huh? Why do the Bears need to go on a fact-finding mission? The feds told them their player was a drug dealer of epic proportions. End of story. Now it's a legal issue. The Bears and the NFL need to act quickly and send a message.

The NFL must be on pins and needles wondering who is on that list. 

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:51 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I have to agree with you. Im sick and tired of these spoiled rich brat athletes, who have the world by the tail. They have everything anyone could ever want, and still their pathetic greed consumes them and they need more and more and more. The guy never put up numbers on the field worthy of anything, and yet he is paid 5 million for what, 3 years? I work my ass off, 52 hours a week, year after year after year, and will compile some 50 years of working by the time I retire. I wont be making 5 million dollars in my lifetime, and here this stinking loser has it given to him for a measly 3 stinking years, and thats not enough. So he pissed it all away. Im sick of the rich athlete blowing it up. Remember Daryl Strawberry? All those million dollar contracts? A couple years out of the sport and he is bankrupt, and they are collecting money for him to help him out. Only thing sicker is people actually gave to him. I believe in second chances, but that cat had 8 or 9 chances, and didnt care. It was all about him. Steve Howe - the same way. Jack Clark, ex San Fran Giant and St. Louis Cardinal. Lived high off the hog, and was bankrupt a couple years out of the game. Many, many more. Mike Tyson. Sorry, I do not feel sorry for these jerks that had more given to them than over 90 percent of the population, and they just smoked it and drank it and snorted it and gambled it up, then Im supposed to feel sorry for them, while Im busting my ass fending for my family everyday? Oh, no, no, no. Im confortable, and God has blessed me so. I give away over 10 percent of my money to help others. Do you think these guys I listed above cared? Hell no, it was all about them. And Sam Hurd is the same way. He is a greedy loser, and now he has made a bed, and its time to sleep in it. Goodnight Sam.

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