Bears waive Sam Hurd

The Chicago Bears placed troubled wide receiver Sam Hurd on waivers, cutting ties with him after he was arrested on sweeping federal drug charges. Hurd allegedly attempted to purchase large quantities of cocaine and marijuana in an effort to set up a major drug network in the Chicago area.

Hurd was assigned $100,000 bail today.

He faces charges of conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

He could face up to 40 years in prison and as much as a $5 million fine.

"We are shocked and upset," Bears general manager Jerry Angelo told reporters today at a press conference. "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."

Angelo stressed that there were no warning signs regarding Hurd.

"For me to say we should have known something we didn't know, I can't say this," Angelo said. "There's no foundation for anybody to say that. No facts, no flags that anybody can present tangibly to say otherwise. I want to make that perfectly clear to the public and the fans. We did our homework. We do our due diligence. We did everything you could possibly do given the information we can 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. In this case there are none. I can sit here and tell you with total transparency that we did everything we could do in terms of our research and there was nothing we found that would create a flag or alert or real concern in Sam Hurd's case."

Angelo said that agent Ian Greengross had no knowledge of the incident as well.

"I would say in this case, because there were other things he did not know, that agents should have known but he really didn't know, that, no, he did not have any knowledge of this," Angelo said. "This is what makes it shocking because you've heard going back to college, what our players our coaches, not only here, but in Dallas as well. Very disturbing. We're all very shocked and upset about it as well. And I want to make that very clear."

Angelo said he had no knowledge of any other players' involvement in Hurd's activities.

"I can't talk about that," Angelo said. "I'm certainly not going on any witch hunts about players. The one thing that we've done when there's been a wrong, we've acted. We don't justify wrongs."

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