Chicago Bears Cut Sam Hurd While He Faces Drug Dealing Charges
Hurd was arrested on Wednesday night at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Rosemont, Ill., and the criminal complaint against him describes the receiver as regularly dealing large amounts of drugs in Chicago.
“There’s been a wrong and we’ve acted. We have a track record of doing that,” Bears general manager Jerry Angelo said. “Unfortunately a situation arose that caught us off guard, but we are to the point where we are going to do the right thing. And the right thing is to cut Sam Hurd.”
Bears receiver Sam Hurd was arrested and faces charges of buying drugs with intent to distribute. Check out the criminal complaint against him. Complaint The NFL said Friday that it is not aware of other players involved in the case.
League spokesman Brian McCarthy said that the NFL is closely monitoring the case. Asked about a report that authorities have a list of NFL players with a connection to Hurd, McCarthy said: “We are not aware of such a list.”
Hurd was arrested Wednesday night after authorities said he agreed to buy a kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of cocaine from an undercover agent. A criminal complaint says Hurd, a sixth-year player in his first year with the Bears, wanted to set up a drug-distribution network in the Chicago area and that he took possession of the cocaine before being arrested.
U.S. Magistrate Young Kim ordered Hurd held until at least Friday while prosecutors and defense attorneys work out bond details before he is sent to Texas to face charges.
Angelo said the Bears did their research on Hurd, like they do with all of the players they target, before they signed him as a free agent over the summer.
“When we do our homework on players, we have a very sound and tested methodology that we go about researching all players from college to veteran free agents, and it starts in college,” Angelo said. “We spend an inordinate amount of time on character, making sure we know the player as well as we can. But no system is foolproof.
Brett Greenfield, one of Sam Hurd‘s attorneys, joined “The Waddle & Silvy Show” to discuss the federal drug case against the former Bears receiver.
“But for me to sit here and say we should have known something that we didn’t know. No, I can’t say that in this case. There’s no foundation for anybody to say that. There are no facts. There’s no flags that anybody could present tangibly to say that we should’ve known otherwise. I want to make that perfectly clear to the public, to our fans.”
Smith said that Hurd’s situation shouldn’t tarnish the reputations of his teammates.
“You have to trust people. We’re always gonna start off doing that. We have a great group of guys, but sometimes when you’re dealing with this many, it’s hard to have all of the players be a certain way,” Smith said. “But you can’t let that scar what else we’re getting done here. Every once in a while a guy will go outside what’s best for the football team, and there are consequences that you deal with. That’s how life goes. There are life lessons being learned here by our football team.”
Shock over Hurd’s arrest has been reverberating around the league.
“I sure was sad to hear that,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday on KRLD-FM. “That’s not good for obviously him and his [family] but certainly for his extended friends and associates. We’ll see how this unfolds as we get more information on it.
“He was always an exemplary player for us, an exemplary person and citizen. You could just count on him at all times.”
Hurd signed a three-year deal on July 30 that included a signing bonus of $1.3 million and was set to pay him base salaries of $685,000 in 2011, $865,000 in 2012, and $1 million in 2013.
Just the day before signing the deal, he was interviewed by Homeland Security agents after one of Hurd’s associates was pulled over in a car he owned with $88,000 in cash in a bag that tested positive for the presence of marijuana.
That was the beginning of the investigation that resulted in Wednesday’s arrest.