This Sam Hurd situation has “massive scandal” written all over it and it seems to not be getting quite as much attention as it probably should.
Sam has had a nice little career. He spent 2006-2010 with the Dallas Cowboys and made $1.5M and then $1.75M his last two seasons there. He left after the 2010 season to sign a 3-yr, $5.15M contract with the Chicago Bears. Translation: Sam Hurd has made some ridiculous money playing professional football over the last five years and is obviously valuable enough to these franchises that they are willing to pay him almost $2M/year.
Hurd was arrested Wednesday after he supposedly agreed to purchase a kilogram of cocaine from an undercover agent. (1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds – and in the world of cocaine, this is an unbelievable amount that is only purchased and possessed by someone that has the intent to sell.) He was set free on $100,000 bond and reports say he’ll be tried in Texas where the drug charges originated.
Okay, so here’s another pro athlete that has gotten himself mixed up into something that is entirely unnecessary, and he’ll probably serve some serious jail time for it. But this isn’t just about him trying to buy 1 kilo of cocaine from an undercover officer in Chicago. A law enforcement source told CBS Radio’s 670 The Score that Hurd was one of the top drug dealers in Chicago and that police have a list in the double-digits of NFL players that have purchased drugs from Hurd.
“According to the criminal complaint, Hurd told an undercover Homeland Security agent Wednesday night that he and another co-conspirator were already distributing four kilograms of cocaine a week in the Chicago area, but he needed more. He was seeking five to ten kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week to distribute and was willing to pay $25,000 per kilo of cocaine and $450 per pound of marijuana. That adds up to as much as $700,000 of drugs each week.” (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/12/15/source-hurd-provided-drugs-to-other-nfl-players/)
What in the world? Why is a guy that is making almost $2M/year playing in the NFL dealing 5 kilos of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana in a week? And frankly, how does he have the time to do that on top of playing in the NFL? Now we know why he has only had 8 catches for 109 yards this year.
At some point, we’re probably going to see the list of players that Hurd has been dealing to, and that day is going to be a mess for the players and the teams that they play for. Most likely, the majority of these players are going to be present or past Dallas Cowboys. And let’s be honest, authorities may throw Hurd a deal that if he rats out everyone he has been selling to that he won’t have to rot for 20+ years in a federal prison. How many of these guys have contacted their agents and lawyers since Wednesday to figure out a way to cover this when it comes out? Are we going to see a bunch of no-name players on the list, or are some of the bigger name Dallas Cowboys going to be a part of this? What if there are twenty-something active NFL players on this list that have been buying drugs from Hurd for years? Only time will tell, but we know for a surety that this isn’t the last that we’ve heard of this story.