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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: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:33 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

let's face it, drugs probably represent the only field of work he could go into that might make him the same money as he was getting in football.

What?!?!  He could have invested that $5.15 million in MANY ways!!

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:32 pm
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Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:30 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

This is not a racial issue, it is a lack of education and lack of family value issue.  Hurd is just trying to make sure he has a revenue stream after football, let's face it, drugs probably represent the only field of work he could go into that might make him the same money as he was getting in football.
Now he will lose everything...........although he may be able to trade up if he can offer up a bigger fish.  It is sad, not for Hurd, he did this to himself, but for his family.

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:29 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!

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:28 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Sam, call me, I need some weed. 

Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:23 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

All I would ask this guy is WHY??..

You're making millions of dollars and have a wife and daughter. Why not just play professional football and be happy with that?..I mean, shouldnt you be focused on studying film and spending time with your family??..I just dont get it. Strapped for cash??..Too much free time??..This guy is an idiot. He had it coming to him. Im a Bears fan, but Im glad he got caught. Go to prison loser.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:11 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

cusefan56 - The truth, it's sad to say, is that you're a racist. There are plenty of rich white people that commit crimes despite their wealth. Plenty. To limit your remarks to black men is disgusting. More disgusting is that you apparently fail to realize the incredible stupidity of your words. The racism on display in some of these threads is borderline nauseating. I don't know if I should be grateful or ashamed to be white. Let me spin your nonsense back to you: You're a Syrcause fan. Bernie Fine was a Syracuse coach. Bernie Fine molested kids, therefore so do you. Or, at the least, you support it.

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 6:02 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

Look, I thought last weekend was DIVINE INTERVENTION, but now I know its the EX-COWBOY curse.  FIrst is Williams dropping TD pass that is intercepted in KC, Then Barber lines up incorrectly and costs Bears a TD.  Lost 10-3.  The Barber inexcusably goes OUT OF BOUNDS saving the miracle worker 50 seconds.  We lost OT.

PLease god take the other two with Sam........

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:59 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges


What you say about Michael Irvin, though highly exagerrated, may or may not be true.  I never liked the guy myself, but nobody ever said that he wasn't a player.  I remember reading an article about Michael Irvin which included comments about his lifestyle in a sports magazine years ago when he was a player.  The one thing that I distinctly remember about the article is a reference in regard to his work ethic.  As I recall, he came to practice after an all nighter and after practice was over he ran routes until he vomited on himself.  The QB was obviously stunned and stopped the drills until Irvin yelled at him and told him that he wasn't finished yet and he ran more routes.

Say what you wish about Michael Irvin, but that work ethic and pride in being an NFL player is one of the reasons that he is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and as a player he certainly deserves that honor.  Michael Irvin probably doesn't do anything half way.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: December 15, 2011 5:56 pm

Sam Hurd arrested on federal drug charges

I am almost crying with laughter!!

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