Three years ago, Sam Hurd was one of the NFL's "good guys" -- a locker room leader. Now, the former Dallas Cowboy sits in a prison cell outside of Dallas, waiting to be sentenced Wednesday in Dallas for his alleged role in a cocaine distribution sting.
Federal prosecutors will ask for a life sentence for Hurd based on the volume of cocaine he was accused of trying to distribute.
The 28-year-old recently told Sports Illustrated he got into drugs while rehabbing an injury, and that he sold drugs to, or did drugs with, 20 to 25 Dallas Cowboys teammates.
Hurd had just signed a more than $4 million contract with the Chicago Bear when the government says he was tackled by his own actions. Undercover video obtained by Sports Illustrated shows Hurd leaving a Chicago-area steakhouse with a kilo of cocaine the night he was arrested.
That was in December 2011, and Hurd appeared in court the next day. In October of 2012, while out on bond, Hurd was arrested again, accused of trying to deal drugs with a cousin, Tyrone Chavul, and Toby Lujan.
Lujan reportedly told federal agents it was Hurd who asked him about a cocaine source.
The Sports Illustrated report includes pictures of the bag Hurd left Morton's Steakhouse with, and the brick of cocaine inside the bag, which was provided by undercover federal agents.
When Hurd's bond was revoked last summer he, according to Sports Illustrated, said:
"Sentence me for what I did. Moving weed and getting caught up in this stupid cocaine thing with Toby--I am ready and eager to be sentenced fairly for those things. They have hurt my family and they will continue to hurt us. All this other stuff, though…Don't you think if I really did that, I would have confessed and gotten my sentence knocked down as soon as they started talking about life in prison?"
Hurd says he was never involved in moving cocaine, but two others have said their involvement in trying to secure cocaine was to benefit Hurd.
Many who know him cannot believe he is now in the untenable situation of never leaving a federal prison again.
Hurd did smoke marijuana, and reportedly a lot. Sources say he was even an investor in a "legal medical marijuana clinic" in California.
Hurd told Sports Illustrated he was "highly selective" in the weed he smoked, saying it was like wine.
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