Jerry Jones stunned by charges against ex-Cowboy Sam Hurd
No charges against Sam Hurd indicate he was a major drug dealer while a member of the Dallas Cowboys, but he spent five seasons with the organization and a federal investigation into his alleged criminal world began in Texas.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he was as surprised as everyone else after Hurd was arrested outside a suburban Chicago steakhouse last Wednesday after allegedly receiving one kilogram of cocaine from an undercover federal agent. Hurd, in the meeting, allegedly laid the groundwork to begin buying up to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week, a stunning total that would cost him $700,000 per week.
Hurd was placed on waivers by the Chicago Bears, who expressed outrage and shock.
“Anytime we have any player, family friend or friends that are like family that have an issue, then I worry,” Jones said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Obviously, I don't know any facts. I know the quality of person I thought and know Sam to be. I can tell you there wasn't anybody anywhere, including our league reps or anybody they knew, that had any inkling about this until his arrest."
Jones said he is not concerned that Hurd might have been involved in drug dealings with former Cowboys teammates and he believes in the thorough nature of the background work done on players.
“I do have first-hand input to know how the league does it and what we do as a team,” Jones said. “This doesn't make me wonder about our thoroughness."
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