Sam Hurd was released from the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Dec. 16 after posting $100,000 cash bail, but the former Bears receiver will now have to look for a job elsewhere.
The team decided to cut Hurd on Dec. 16 after reviewing the drug allegations stacked against him.
Hurd was arrested on Dec. 14 outside of a Chicago steakhouse. He is accused of accepting a kilo of cocaine from an undercover federal agent masquerading as a drug dealer. He is also accused of attempting to set up a major drug network.
Police claim that Hurd told the undercover agent that he wished to purchase five to 10 kilos of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week to sell in Chicago and that he was supposedly moving four kilos of cocaine a week.
After appearing in court and posting bond, Hurd’s attorney did not respond to any of the specific allegations in the criminal complaint, but did address the rumors that Hurd was supplying drugs to various NFL players as 100 percent false.
Charges against Hurd have been filed in Texas, which is where his next court date will be. While no date is set as of yet, it should be scheduled within the next 30 days, after a grand jury hears the case.
A former federal prosecutor shared that the case against Hurd appears to be solid based off the criminal complaint, but other factors could play a role in how the case shapes up, including what information Hurd can offer prosecutors build a case against others.
It is not mentioned whether Hurd will attempt to get picked up by another team as he fights the drug case with the potential to put him in jail for 40 years.
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