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Ex-Chicago Bears receiver Sam Hurd had his bond revoked on Tuesday by a federal judge in Texas, which will keep him in jail until his federal drug trial. Hurd was arrested earlier in August in San Antonio after failing drug tests in both May and June, violating the terms of his bond. But more damning for Hurd is that his cousin testified to selling Hurd 30 pounds of marijuana after his first arrest in December. Hurd's cousin also told investigators that Hurd asked him to buy an additional 200 pounds of marijuana.
Hurd was supported in court on Tuesday by family and friends including ex-teammate Marion Barber. Hurd was overhead telling his supporters that the new allegations were lies.
Hurd was arrested last December after attempting to buy cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana from an undercover officer while a member of the Bears. Hurd was then given a kilogram of cocaine and was arrested when he got back to his car. Hurd has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from that investigation.
Sam Hurd was officially indicted on federal drug conspiracy and possession charges Wednesday, following his arrest last month in a drug sting that caught him allegedly orchestrating a drug deal from North Texas to distribute in Chicago. If found guilty, Hurd could face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison on the conspiracy charges. He faces up to 40 years for possession.
Hurd reportedly tried to purchase a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover agent on Dec. 14, outside of a Chicago steakhouse . Two days later he was released from the Bears. Hurd allegedly had plans to purchase 1,000 pounds of marijuana and several kilos of cocaine. A Chicago radio station claimed that Hurd had several current NFL players as clients, though that report has been disputed.
Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith said on Thursday that he doesn't want the situation surrounding Sam Hurd's arrest to become a distraction and on Friday GM Jerry Angelo announced that the team planned to release Hurd. The Bears receiver was arrested on Thursday in connection with a plot to purchase and distribute cocaine and marijuana in Chicago.
At Friday's press conference, Angelo said:
"There's been a wrong, and we've acted. We have a track record of doing that... The right thing is to cut Sam Hurd."
670 The Score in Chicago reported that law enforcement officials have a list in "double digits" of NFL players who were clients of Hurd's (though Hurd's lawyer disputes that report). Angelo was asked if he any other Bears players are involved and he said, "I can't talk about that. I'm not going on any witch hunts here."
The best plan of action for the Bears is to do all they can to separate themselves from Hurd and his situation. The first step is releasing him but that won't necessarily settle the media storm in Chicago at the moment.
Shortly after the news broke about Sam Hurd's arrest for attempting to buy cocaine and marijuana for distribution in Chicago, a radio station reported that law enforcement officials had a list of NFL players who were clients of Hurd. This caused quite a stir in the football world because it's obviously not a good look if you have multiple players connected to Hurd's drug operation.
That radio station, 670 The Score in Chicago, cites law enforcement sources for their report but the lawyer for Hurd, David Kenner, disputes the notion that there is a list of 10 or more NFL players to which Hurd supplied drugs.
"I haven't seen all the material," L.A.-based attorney David Kenner told the Sun-Times. "But we have seen nothing to support that contention. We believe that is simply not the case."
So far no one has been able to corroborate the radio station report so we're not really sure what to make of it at this point.
Hurd is facing charges that he attempted to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine and if convicted faces up to 40 years in prison and up to a $5 million fine.
The Sam Hurd story could turn into a scandal. For now, it's a comedy of confusing errors.
The Chicago Bears are in the news thanks to Sam Hurd and his arrest for apparently trying to orchestrate a drug deal in Texas to distribute in the Chicago area. Judging by complaint against Hurd, he was a major drug dealer around the Chicago area.
So Hurd's arrest is the topic of the day for Bears players, who reacted to the news in Thursday's media session. Quotes via Brad Biggs:
Roy Williams: "It's a choice he made and there are consequences with choices that you make."
Brian Urlacher: "He's a good teammate. Outside of here, I don't know him very well. Always been very friendly."
Lance Briggs: "You don't go through a season without distractions. When it comes to business as a professional, you have to take care of biz."
And the best reaction comes from Vikings punter Chris Kluwe: "I'm looking for someone to supply me with 1000 pounds of video games a week I can distribute in the Minneapolis area. No informants please."
I've got a feeling this isn't the last time we'll be addressing Hurd's arrest. With law enforcement officials reportedly having a list of NFL players Hurd supplied to, this story may just be getting started.
The Sam Hurd situation isn't getting any better.
The Chicago Bears receiver was arrested in Chicago this week for apparently trying to buy a large amount of drugs (cocaine and marijuana) in North Texas for distribution in Chicago. A radio station in Chicago, 670 The Score, is reporting that Hurd was considered one of the "top few" drug dealers in the Chicago area, which gives you an idea of the scope of his (and his co-conspirators') operation.
But the story may get worse, at least for the NFL.
According to the same radio station, law enforcement officials have a list of NFL players that received their drugs from Hurd and that list is in the double digits. If those names get out (and if those guys are guilty) this could turn into a major NFL story implicating a lot of players.
That said, a list of NFL players doesn't necessarily mean they're guilty right now. If law enforcement can prove they've done something wrong, then there might be an issue. But right now we don't really know what this means for those NFL players (who probably know who they are).
I imagine there are a few nervous NFL players right now.
The arrest involving Chicago Bears WR Sam Hurd is a lot more serious than we first thought. Hurd, who was arrested in Chicago on Wednesday on federal drug charges, is accused of orchestrating a drug deal out of North Texas to distribute in Chicago.
According to the complaint, Hurd and his co-conspirators were planning to buy kilos of cocaine at $25,000 a pop and 1,000 pounds of marijuana out of North Texas and distribute it in Chicago.
The complaint, which can be read here, includes this tidbit:
...his 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.
So he's accused of A.) buying cocaine and marijuana in Texas and B.) distributing it in the Chicago area. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement office is handling the investigation.
This is obviously a bad look for the Bears, who have released a statement on it:
"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."