Bears’ Hurd Released On $100K Bond

CHICAGO (CBS) — Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd, who faces federal drug charges, was released on $100,000 cash bond Friday after being dumped by his team.

Hurd was arrested earlier this week for allegedly trying to set up a drug ring by buying huge amounts of cocaine and marijuana from a supplier in Texas. He was being held Friday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center before his court appearance at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse.

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Hurd’s attorney, Brett Greenfield, said his client would be vindicated in the case, which moves to Texas. The next hearing will be in January, he said.

“Sam is ready to fight this case, he’s eager to fight this case, he’s eager to get in court, and he’s eager for the truth to come out,” Greenfield said.

He also said his client is disappointed that the Bears cut Hurd from the team roster Friday in the wake of the drug charges. Greenfield said Hurd hopes to join another NFL team. A condition of his bond is that Hurd must be working or looking for work.

“Sam’s a football player. He wants to play. He’s a great asset to the Bears, or was a great asset to the Bears and he’s going to be great asset hopefully to another organization in the near future,” Greenfield said.

Hurd appeared in court Friday in the orange jumpsuit of a federal prisoner. He was released later and was seen arriving at his home in Lake Forest.

As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, Hurd, a 26-year-old former Northern Illinois University Huskie, was arrested outside the Morton’s Steakhouse at 9525 Bryn Mawr Ave. in Rosemont Wednesday night. Prosecutors said he met with an undercover agent at the restaurant and accepted a kilo of cocaine from a federal agent.


“I am in shock over it,” Bears head Coach Lovie Smith said Thursday. “Never saw it coming. My dealings with Sam here as most of you would probably say the same has all been good. He’s a guy that showed up every day to go to work.”

The criminal complaint against Hurd says the investigation started back in July, during a traffic stop in Dallas. One of Hurd’s associates was found to be carrying $88,000 in cash in a car owned by Hurd.

When the undercover Homeland Security agent conducted the deal at Morton’s, Hurd said he currently distributes four kilograms of cocaine a week in the Chicago area, but his supplier could not give him enough.

Hurd told the undercover agent he wanted to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week for distribution in the Chicago area. He was willing to pay $25,000 for each kilogram of cocaine and $450 for each pound of marijuana. That means he was offering to pay up to $700,000 for the drugs each week before distributing them.

Hurd allegedly said a co-conspirator does the majority of deals, while he concentrates on the “higher-end” deals. He also allegedly asked the undercover agent if he could provide him with Mexican cell phones, with the thinking that federal investigators could not listen in on conversations if he was using a Mexican phone.

According to the documents, the undercover agent gave Hurd a kilogram of cocaine, which he accepted. When the receiver left and put the cocaine in his car, he was placed under arrest.

A law enforcement source told 670 The Score’s Laurence Holmes Thursday that Hurd was dealing drugs to other NFL players and that police have a list of players “in the double digits.”

Greenfield, the athlete’s attorney, told reporters that Hurd “100 percent denies that allegation,” referring to similar reports.

“It is patently and totally false,” he said.



    • Yard Ape

      Indeed, just another million dollar moolie criminal ! I’m sure we’ll be hearing him saying ” I’s din’t do nuffin’ “

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  • sick of OVERPAID LOSERS!!

    All of that money he was gonna make playing football and he’s gonna get involved with DRUGS!!! He’s just as STUPID as that LOSER Rae Carruth! Remember that IDIOT? He was gonna make a KINGS RANSOM playing football and he tried to have his pregnant girlfriend killed because he was TOO CHEAP to take responsibility! YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE THE GHETTO OUT OF THE BOY!!!

  • Bill S.

    I hope the entire Bears organization kicks his @ss

  • Citizen for a Livable Chicago

    HE willing received, purchased, excepted, (call it what you want), a kilo of cocaine. Took it and placed in the trunk of his car. Was that a mistake, a misunderstanding?? His lawyers think so.
    In the end his legal team will dirty up the Agents in charge of the investigation, saying they entrapped him. I just hope it was all filmed and recorded, I’m sure it was. This guy deserves to go to prison and not back to the NFL.
    This is just another sign that Sports in America is slowly disintegrating before our eyes.

  • Sickened

    The fans will start to cry for this guy if him not playing hurts the Bears. Anything to win the game. It’s ok what Micheal Vick did as long as he wins the games. It’s ok that Paterno knew one of his coaches was molesting kids and did nothing (just released testimony) as long as Penn State won the games. Look at what the student protestors did. Who cares about the kids being molested or puppies being being ripped apart in the pit as long as the team wins the game!! Soon it will be ok that he was selling drugs, he didn’t sell to kids but other players, right? The bears are down without their star quarterback and have lost their last 2 games. They need every player they’ve got. Give him a break. Ask him to say he’s sorry so he can play this weekend.

    • dthomas

      He’s going to play alright, play with the big boys in the BIG HOUSE.

  • mike

    He’ll be a WIDE RECEIVER in prison too!!!

  • vetdana

    Hurd walks out of a restaurant with a kilo of coke worth $25000 under his arm….But….its NOT MY FAULT !…..the devil made me do it !

  • President Jefferson Davis

    This ugly escaped slaves needs his Negro ass horsewhipped Confederate style.

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