Attorney: Sam Hurd did not supply drugs to NFL players
By Sean Jensen firstname.lastname@example.org December 16, 2011 1:26PM
Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was arrested Wednesday after allegedly telling a federal agent he wanted to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week for distribution in the Chicago area. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times
Updated: December 16, 2011 10:40PM
Two attorneys for Sam Hurd disputed a report Thursday that police have a list of NFL players in the “double-digits” the Bears receiver supplied.
Chicago sports radio station, 670 The Score, cited a law enforcement source in its initial report.
“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.”
Hurd did not speak at his bond hearing Friday afternoon in Chicago, but attorney Brett Greenfield said Hurd wanted him to put one rumor to rest:
“With respect to the rumors that Sam was supplying drugs to other members of the NFL, out of respect to the NFL, out of respect to his teammates and out of respect to other players, he 100 percent denies that allegation. It is patently and totally false.”
Bears GM Jerry Angelo, when asked if any other players on the team are involved, said: “I can’t talk about that. I’m certainly not going on any witch-hunts about players. The one thing that we’ve done when there’s been a wrong, we’ve acted. We don’t justify wrongs. We’ve acted. We have a track record of doing that. Unfortunately, a situation arose that caught us off guard, but not to the point where we aren’t going to do the right thing. And the right thing is to cut Sam Hurd.
Bail was set at $100,000 for Hurd.
Prior to the bond hearing, Kenner said he was confident that Hurd would be granted bail: “Sam is looking forward to defending himself,” Kenner said, “and we’re hoping that people are not doing the proverbial rush for judgment before the matter is litigated.”
On Wednesday night, Hurd told an undercover federal agent who he thought was a drug supplier that he wanted to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week to distribute in the Chicago area, a federal complaint filed Thursday states. In exchange, Hurd allegedly agreed to pay $25,000 per kilo and $450 per pound — which would amount to up to $2.8 million a month.
But instead, the feds arrested Hurd outside a Morton’s The Steakhouse in Rosemont after he accepted a kilo of cocaine from the agent and agreed to pay for it after he got out of practice Thursday — the day Bears players get paid, authorities said in a complaint filed in Texas.
Hurd, 26, faces charges he intended to conspire to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, which carries penalties of up to 40 years in prison and up to a $5 million fine.