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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 13, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:37 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Spent too much time in Dallas hearing about Nate Newton...............who got caught with 500 lbs of pot and only did two years.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:36 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

One of the biggest idiots in the history of earth! Anyone with a brain would have taken his or her 5.15 million and invested it wisely (and legally) and enjoyed a GREAT life and had plenty to leave to his or her kids.  Instead, this idiot loses everything and goes to federal prison for many years (no parole in the federal system).  I hope Hurd likes bologna sandwiches and warm cartons of milk!

He even made a little more then that.   He made a total of around 4.4 million dollars playing for the Dallas Cowboys.  The Bears gave him a 1.3 million dollar signing bonus and already this year has made about 520 thousand dollars.  That's about 6.2 million dollars and he still had a minimum of 860 thousand coming to him next year and 1 million dollars coming to him the year after that.

But that being said, his NFL checks were chump change and obviously just a front that allowed him to purchase expensive things and spend money without anybody questioning him.  By the way his new contract with the Bears was actually 4 million over 3 years with 1.3 million being his signing bonus.  The other 1.5 or so CBS is including in there was performance bonuses.  The best site to visit for player salaries for any sport is     

The bigger story here is how many other NFL players are sweating their ass off right now who are about to be caught for purchasing illegal drugs from Hurd?  Who are these players ?  

Stay tuned... I bet Hurd isn't even the juicy story here...... so much more to come. 

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:35 pm
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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:33 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Love the dummies charging racism.  I'm sure there are thousands of whiteys in society, let alone the NFL, that are seeking to move 5-10 kilos of coke a week! 

At least Roger Goodell shouldn't have any difficulty with this one- suspend Sam Hurd for the entire 2012 season!

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:26 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I am no teebow fan but why want him to be involved in something like this, u have too much hate in ur heart dude.

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:05 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

First of all, please let Tebow be on this list. Wait till the media sh**storm on that!

But what do you expect a big time weed dealer to do when he plays for the Cowboys and has 60 clients/teammates demanding coke? That's right- first get pricing on kilos, then give the 'boys a taste, then get traded to Chicago to expand your business! Can you say Kingpin? Frickin Scarface playing special teams for the Bears! Awesome.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:58 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

..If I live to be a hundred, I'll NEVER understand how you can throw your life away like this; A millionaire ballplayer
gets into the dope-dealing biz...baffling, to say the very least.
Maybe he was not making enough money, Greed make you do stupid things.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:52 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

The football must have his coke inside.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:44 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

my question is where did CBS find a picture of him actually carrying the ball in a game? 

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:37 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

This is going to get very ugly, a list of other nfl players. Hey they dont  call it the National Felons League for nothing. 

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