The Bears waived Sam Hurd less than 48 hours after he was arrested on federal drug charges. According to a federal complaint, Hurd agreed buy 5-10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week for distribution from an undercover agent. He allegedly agreed to pay $25,000 for each kilogram of cocaine and $450 a pound for the marijuana.
Jerry Angelo was very disturbed, shocked and upset about the allegations, as were fans and the entire sports world.
Angelo stressed that the Bears had no way of knowing that Hurd was involved in any illegal activities. Quite frankly, I believe him. If there's anyone at fault here, it's Hurd. A devoted Christian with a family to take care of, he had everyone believing that not only was he a good teammate, he was a good citizen. So if you're going to point the finger at Angelo for not catching this, point the finger at Hurd and only him.
The Bears are one of the most conservative franchises in professional sports. They don't sign anyone who might or could have a checkered past. They are not the a team like the Bengals that gives players second chances. There are reasons why they haven't even considered players like Michael Vick, Plaxico Burress or Terrell Owens.
About doing their due diligence, Angelo reiterated:
“When we do our homework on players, we have a very sound and tested methodology that we go about researching all players in college to veteran free agents, and it starts in college...
“We spend an inordinate amount of time on character, making sure we know the player as well as we can. But no system is foolproof. For me to sit here and say that we should have known something that we didn’t know, I can’t say that in this case. There’s no foundation for anybody to say that.
“There are no facts, there are no flags that anybody could present tangibly to say we should have known otherwise. I want to make that perfectly clear to the public, to our fans. We do our homework, we do our due diligence. We did everything you could possibly do given the information that we allocate.
“Saying that, we go back, we ask questions: ‘Is there something we could have done, something we should have done in the process?’ Sometimes there are glitches, but in this case there are none. So I can sit here and tell you with total transparency that we did everything we know how to do in terms of our research and there was nothing that we found that would create a flag or an alert or a real concern in Sam Hurd’s case.”
About upholding the values of the franchise:
“When there’s been a wrong, we’ve acted. We don’t just justify wrongs, and we’ve acted. We have a track record of doing that. Unfortunately, a situation arose that caught us off guard, but not to the point where we aren’t going to do the right thing, and the right thing is to cut Sam Hurd."