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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: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:22 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Best comment ever exactly what i was thinking and going to write . nice to see people like you tell it like it is no matter the color. black ghetto idiots with the world by the balls making millions still cant learn how to act. i would rather see a league where mabye not as many great players but full of smart men with educations who realise what they are lucky enough to have and color doesnt matter just people with brains. leave the ghetto scum who can run fast back in the projects on draft day.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:02 am

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

this bum just took his God given talent, his NFL career and earnings and flushed them right down the toilet.  What a waste.  You have to wonder how / why such a gifted individual would do that?

The only positive that comes out of this is he will no longer be getting away with it. Now he can go rot in jail and at least make the decent people whose kids would or did buy drugs from this idiot's network feel like justice was served. What a loser.

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:55 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

He will have his day in court, but right now he has his day in the court of public opinion.  I am a Bears fan.  I don't want anyone like this on the Bears.  This isn't someone who has a drug addiction that you "help out", send him to a clinic and give him support.  This guy is a drug DEALER!  This guy brings a world of hurt to society as a pariah.  And this is the worst kind.  A person who has been blessed with a high paying career and who played for two high profile sprots team (Cowboys and Bears).  There are too many of these privilege athletes and its time to rattle the cage and get them out of their esteem positions.  If Hurd is convicted, I would love to see the list of people he has been selling to.  
And lastly, in my opinion, if you get busted red-handed by a undercover agent, you are as good as guilty.  5.15 million dollars for 3 years and still that isn't enough.  This year and right after his trial, will be the last anyone will hear the name Sam Hurd.  Ask Ray Carruth or Maurice Clarett how many times they get their names mentioned on SportsCenter anymore.  Goodbye Sam Hurd, Goodbye. 

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:53 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Maybe Barber is one of the people he's selling to. He sure seemed to be on something when he went out of bounds in the closing minute of the Bronco's game.

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:51 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Easy Mistake , Hurd just thought he was a Punk NBA player. Hehe

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:51 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Breaking News:  The N.O. Hornets have traded for Sam Hurd, citing. "He's the only guy that distributes the rock better than Chris Paul"

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:47 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Unreal making millions of dollars and one allegedly does this ... Gonna be hard for him though the Feds aren't like states , they wait until the have all the evidence for a guilty verdict ,before they even charge someone , they have like 95 percent conviction rate .

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:02 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

What a punk. Get him off the roster and out of the league. Is distribution of cocaine an okay thing for the NFL to teach kids? Everyone knows about this incident. I Hope it's not true but lets be real. I doubt even the NFL can sweep this one under the rug. NFL NFL NFL NFL You can't tackle a reciever or QB but selling Kilos of yay is legit.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:42 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Yeah normally when you talk about Bears and "dope" it's usually in reference to something Marion Barber has done.  "Why didn't you go out of bounds, you dope!"  OMG That dope Barber just fumbled!"

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:30 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

WOW bearsman34! That was a mouthful of some ignorant crap you just spewed on this page. Where are you from? Just wondering so the rest of us can avoid it and your ignorant-racist-stupid-generalizing


dness. You are a prime example of what's wrong with this country. Good day sir

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