Maybe NFL money isn’t long enough because Chicago Bears receiver Sam Hurd was busted last night after making an attempt to become a Chicago kingpin.
It all started after Sam accepted a kilogram of cocaine from a undercover federal agent outside a Chicago restaurant. Sam was charged with one count of conspiring to possess half a kilogram of cocaine with the intent to distribute it.
But here’s what’s interesting, the conversation that went down between Sam and the federal agent reads like a scene from “The Wire.” According to the Chicago Tribune,
“…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….”
SMH…..was he seriously thinking he was going to play pro-ball AND be an undercover drug kingpin?
The Chicago Bears were made aware of the arrest and they said,
“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.”
Then one of Sam’s teammates, Bears receiver Roy Williams, spoke out saying,
“It’s a situation I don’t want anyone to be in, especially a close friend, a teammate that I have been playing with now for four or five years now, especially a guy from Texas with a wife and daughter. So, it’s tough for me just because I am not into drugs or anything like that. I know it has to be tough for him because he has his family. It’s a choice he made and there are consequences with choices that you make.”
So what drives a pro-baller to the drug trade? It shouldn’t have been money problems since Sam’s three-year contract with the Bears had a maximum value of $5.15 million ($4.15 million base total), and he got a $1.35 million signing bonus. Plus his base pay this season was $685,000.
As of now, the case is bing handled by the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dallas. He is scheduled to appear in federal court tomorrow.
We will keep you posted.