Sam Hurd’s drug trafficking case has stood as one of the weirder and more infamous sports stories since the former Cowboys and Bears wideout was arrested in December 2011 in a Chicago steakhouse after attempting to purhcase a kilo of cocaine. Nearly two years later, and after pleading guilty in April, Hurd was delivered his fate in a federal courtroom yesterday to the tune of 15 years with five years supervised release.*
The fear prior to sentencing from Sam’s legal team was the thought of life behind bars; a punishment the government heavily lobbied for. Before being immediately taken back to a federal correctional institution, a tearful Hurd begged Judge Jorge Solis for leniency, “I’m sorry and very remorseful for everything I did. I was addicted to marijuana. I’ve never sold or used cocaine.”
The past week or so, Hurd’s been extremely vocal in attempts to present his side of the story. Penning a letter to Dallas-Fort Worth CBS 11’s Mireya Villarreal, he details life in prison and why the government, his cousin and another defendant have been hellbent on unfairly painting a picture of him as a notorious drug lord. From there, MMQB’s Michael McKnight released perhaps the magnum opus of documentation on the case following 22 months worth of investigative reporting that even details the actual conversation in Morton’s steakhouse which led to Hurd’s downfall.
Though his mother says her son plans to appeal the sentence, federal guidelines mandate Hurd will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
* – Yes, I’m well aware of the Cowboys/drugs slick remarks that are sure to follow. Bring ‘em on.