Chicago Bears’ special teams specialist and seldom used wide receiver Sam Hurd has been arrested on federal drug charges. This isn’t a guy buying a dime bag of weed; this is a guy who was personally negotiating with undercover officers to purchase 5-10 kilos of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana PER WEEK to distribute in Chicago. PER WEEK!!!
At the Wednesday night meeting, Hurd negotiated to buy five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week for distribution in the Chicago area, authorities alleged. He agreed to pay $25,000 for each kilogram of cocaine and $450 a pound for the marijuana, according to the charges.
Hurd said at the meeting that he plays for the Bears, gets out of practice at about 5:30 p.m. and would pay them on the next day, authorities said. Bears players are paid on Thursdays.
Hurd told the undercover agent and informant that he and someone else distributed about four kilograms of cocaine each week in the Chicago area but that their supplier wasn’t able to meet their needs, according to the criminal complaint.
The Bears issued the following statement:
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.
What the Bears should have said was “Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. You’re FIRED!”
This puts a cherry on top of a rough couple of weeks for ex-Cowboys. First you had Roy Williams’ drop of a sure touchdown pass that turned into a costly interception against the Chiefs, costing the Bears that game. Then you had Marion Barber double down on the stupidity last week with two meltdowns of epic proportion that allowed the Broncos to escape with a 13-10 overtime win. Did these ex-Cowboys have a bet amongst themselves to see how could screw up the most? Um, I think Hurd won that bet.
This distraction comes at the worst time, while the Bears are trying to salvage what appeared to be a certain return to the NFC playoffs and recover from a 3-game losing streak.
Hurd, a graduate of Northern Illinois University, signed a 3-year deal with the Bears this offseason for an estimate $4 million base with a $1.35 signing bonus. From the scope of the failed drug deal, it looks like he was trying to parlay that signing bonus to become the NFL’s version of Scarface (Pacino, not Capone).
Hurd needs to be removed from the active roster immediately. Everyone deserves their day in court, but there’s no reason to keep him active and around the team.