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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: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:50 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Maybe he was helping everybody ease the pain of their season going to the crapper, a lift to the locker room perhaps. The new black sheep team of the NFL, taking the place of the bengals and raiders.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:44 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I just want to know who was on that list.  With the amount of stuff he was trying to buy you cant help but wonder if this thing spreads even further.  I hope not but you never know.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:42 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I think Mike Martz is on some kind of drug, because that boy has something wrong with his medula oblangata, because the plays he tries to call just dont fit in for the personnel he has on the field. He had one of the best tight ends in the business in Greg Olsen, and refused to use him and sent him packing. In St. Louis, Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce and Tory Holt make him look good, not the opposite. They wont in spite of him, not because of him. He is drinking some kind of kool-aid though.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:39 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I think Hurd maybe be using NFL players to distribute the drugs into the communities in which they play. In other words, these players may not be USING, they maybe SELLING. This has the potential to be extremely UGLY!!!

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:39 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I wonder where Michael Irvin fits into all this, or maybe Nate Newton? Or Pacman Jones. Drugs and drugged out players seem to follow the Dallas Cowboys, for one reason or the other. I mean, this is all fact about these guys above, and now about Sam Hurd. Dallas Cowboy druggies. One cannot overlook the truth.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:35 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Are you fricking nuts? I supposed it is because he is black to. Yeah, the devil made him do it. Gimme a break. He has been in drug problems before, and he never changed. It just caught up with him. The government could not set me up to sell drugs, because Im smarter than that. I dont and wont sell drugs. This guy did. Like 5 million a year wasnt enough for him. What a simpleton idiot.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:33 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

D of C9....What is funny is a pathetic Deadskin fan whose team is less relevant than the Seattle Seahwks critcizing another franchise. Critcism from a fan of the organization that gave us Daniel Snyder, Joe Theisman and Dexter Manley...'nuff said. Also, most politicians of BOTH parties are Deadskin fans...hahahaha...losers rooting for losers. Please say "high" to the Prez for me. Btw, ain't he a Bears fan...doesn't Hurd play for the...BEARS??? Coincidence??? UUHHMMMM...

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:32 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Question I have is, they said there is a list of NFL players he supplied. When will those names come up? It seems funny Major League baseball players are under intense drug scrutiny, when everyone knows that NFL and NBA players do more drugs than anyone, and yet it seems for the most part, the league and society looks the other way. I would say racial favoritism is being exhibited in both of these leagues. Lets test all of them, no matter what sport, and no matter what color your skin is. Test them all, that way it is equal to all. Isnt that what its all about, equality? And if so, lets equalize the skin color of the participants, because Im tired of hearing how racist everyone is towards a certain group. Lets make the NBA 50-50 and the NFL 50-50, and everything else, if that is what it takes. Im tired of hearing the crybabies.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:23 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Ho Hummm another athlete selling drugs.

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

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Are you a moron?? You trash an entire city over one idiot. Dallas is home to many loving and honest people. Your words reflect your intelligence. You must be from Philly. Go climb back into your hole.

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