Sam Hurd was released from federal custody Friday night after he posted $100,000 cash bond following two nights in jail after he was charged with conspiring to distribute large quantities of cocaine.
His release came just hours after the Chicago Bears had placed the wide receiver on waivers. The judge told Hurd he must be employed or seek employment while he is free awaiting the court process to run its course. Hurd was also ordered to surrender his passport.
Hurd’s attorney Brett Greenfield said his client is hopeful another NFL club will pick him up despite the criminal complaint against Hurd that suggests he wanted to purchase up to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week for distribution.
“He wants to play,” Greenfield told reporters at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse, according to the Chicago Tribune. “He was a great athlete for the Bears, and he's going to be a great athlete hopefully for another organization in the near future.”
Greenfield strongly denied rumors that Hurd was supplying drugs to other NFL players.
“With respect to the rumors that he has been supplying drugs to other members of the NFL, out of respect to the NFL, out of respect to his teammates and other players, he 100 percent denies that allegation,” Greenfield said. “It is patently and totally false.”
Asked why Hurd, who was set to earn $2 million this year, would be moved to become a drug dealer, Greenfield paused.
“I don't understand that question,” he replied. “I'm sorry.”
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