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Former Cowboys player facing life sentence, says he shared pot with dozens of teammates

Sam Hurd
Former Cowboys and Bears WR Sam Hurd was sentenced to 15 years in prison for intent to distribute drugs.

Sam Hurd, who formerly played for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears as Wide Receiver, says he has nothing left to lose and is opening up about his sharing of cannabis with teammates during his time there.

Facing a possible life sentence for possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute, Hurd stated the other day that he smoked marijuana with many teammates and distributed it to around 25 players on the Cowboys roster.

Hurd says that he smoked it “all day, every day, and I didn’t want to hear anyone trying to tell me I had a problem” calling himself “an addict.”

“Everything I’ve done in relation to this case is a direct result of my marijuana addiction and would get me and lead me to more marijuana,” he said.

Hurd said he began smoking while rehabbing after ankle surgery in 2008.

Hurd was arrested in 2011 after walking out of a Morton’s steakhouse in Chicago with a kilogram of cocaine from undercover federal agents. Hurd also told undercover officers he wanted 5 to 10 kilos of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana a week to distribute.

Once outside, he was arrested within moments, capping months of investigation. The Bears subsequently released him in the middle of a three-year $5 million contract.

Initially he didn’t begin buying and selling drugs for profit, but for fun. “I’m in the NFL and I’m gonna ask people for a few hundred dollars on top of what I paid for it? Nah, slide me what I got for it and take it. Enjoy it,” he was quoted in a Sports Illustrated article.

Hurd has been in federal custody since the summer of 2012, when he was arrested in San Antonio after testing positive for marijuana while out on bond.

His lawyers argued though that he was only partly involved in the drug enterprise prosecutors mapped out. They argued there is no evidence connecting him to his cousin, Jesse Tyrone Chavful, a co-defendant with a long criminal history. Chavful was sentenced to eight years in prison for his role.

Instead, Hurd’s lawyers said that text messages and phone calls between the two men was for printing T-shirts, which was Chavful’s business. Mike McCrum, Hurd’s attorney, provided a statement from Shatone Powers, a college teammate of Hurd’s at Northern Illinois who outlined business plans for the shirts. McCrum cited text messages and phone calls traced to Chavful that showed his partners were not Hurd but associates in Austin, Texas. One of the men Chavful regularly dealt with was the father of — perhaps coincidentally —Lions cornerback Chris Houston, McCrum said.

He pleaded guilty after talks between the two sides broke down. The government later filed a revised indictment, charging him with one federal drug count instead of six.

Facing between 10 years to life, the San Antonio native found out his fate yesterday as a federal judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison for his role in trying to set up a massive drug operation spanning three states beginning in July 2011 until June 6, 2012.

After hearing his sentence he stated “I have a lot of regrets, I regret not thinking about the consequences.”

While he didn’t name names, Hurd believes at least half of NFL players smoke marijuana.

By: Stephen Carter
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Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas and serves as Deputy Director for NORML of Waco. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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