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Jerry Jones on Sam Hurd: “We are very thorough”

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Former Cowboys and Bears receiver Sam Hurd stands accused of orchestrating major drug deals during his time as an NFL player, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones described himself as surprised and saddened to learn that Hurd was allegedly involved in drug deals during his five years with the Cowboys.

But Jones defended the background checks the Cowboys do before signing or drafting players as appropriate.

We are very thorough,” Jones told the Star-Telegram. “I do have first-hand input to know how the league does it and what we do as a team. This doesn’t make me wonder about our thoroughness.”

Jones said this is just one of those cases that slipped through the cracks.

“Anytime we have any player, family friend or friends that are like family that have an issue, then I worry,” Jones said. “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’s comments are consistent with those of Bears officials, and of Hurd’s teammates. If Hurd actually committed the crimes he’s accused of committing, then Hurd seems to have done a remarkable job of hiding the drug-dealing side of his life from the people on the football side of his life.

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34 Responses to “Jerry Jones on Sam Hurd: “We are very thorough””
  1. cshearing says: Dec 20, 2011 8:19 AM

    But doesn’t Hurd supposedly have many NFL players on his client list? If that is the case, how much did he actually hide it? Sounds like people covering their ass to me.

  2. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 20, 2011 8:21 AM

    As a Cowboys fan I am just thanking Tebow over and over for not letting this happen while he was on the Cowboys. Just more ammunition for the haters to say coke this and coke that. Thanks Tim!

  3. grandpoopah says: Dec 20, 2011 8:27 AM

    I’m no fan of Jerry Jones, but if the feds didn’t yet have enough evidence to charge Hurd before he left Dallas, how could we expect his employer to know?

  4. cowboynation919 says: Dec 20, 2011 8:29 AM

    Wow, you think? I don’t think you would be running around telling your team and other friends you are part of a major drug dealing ring. At least he was smart about one part of it.

  5. cshearing says: Dec 20, 2011 8:40 AM

    Considering Hurd was caught trying to sell to undercover a few days after the Feds had questioned him, I would not be too high on his smartness.

  6. cmutimmah says: Dec 20, 2011 8:43 AM

    Anyone think the reason Hurd was pushed out of town could have been that the Cowboys got wind of his plans?

    If that’s true then (as we learned in the Jerry Sandusky case…) indifference is just as wrong as the act… right?

  7. cardmagnet says: Dec 20, 2011 8:51 AM

    The best defense in this case for associated parties? Deny, deny, deny. Well played all around.

  8. mikeyhigs says: Dec 20, 2011 8:52 AM

    It’s one thing to be thorough about background checks BEFORE signing or drafting a player, but I doubt that they do any investigating after giving players millions of dollars.

  9. i3addog says: Dec 20, 2011 8:57 AM

    Just like you didn’t know about Michael Irvin’s repeated little run ins with the law.

  10. richkotitte says: Dec 20, 2011 9:00 AM

    I’m sure everyone in Dallas regrets not running more fake reverses with Sam…

  11. Grulks says: Dec 20, 2011 9:07 AM

    cmutimmah wrote:

    Anyone think the reason Hurd was pushed out of town could have been that the Cowboys got wind of his plans?

    If that’s true then (as we learned in the Jerry Sandusky case…) indifference is just as wrong as the act… right?
    ===========
    I’m pretty sure that he was cut bc in 5 years, he started grand total of 6 games, never had more than 4 receptions in a game, and avg’d a mere ~14 yards per game. Thats just not much of an impact, so why resign a guy like that when you can try to find someone better. Say….a Laurent Robinson, perhaps?

    But if you want to play the conspiracy game, it can go both ways: Maybe he was pushed out of town, bc Dallas knew he was dirty, and they were the ones who notified the feds. Of course, as a matter of ongoing investigation, JJ couldn’t actually say this, so instead he just covers his butt.

    Yeah, I don’t buy that either. Just like I don’t buy your theory. There isn’t always a nefarious plot behind events. Sometimes, coincidences really do happen.

  12. tomcous says: Dec 20, 2011 9:13 AM

    Shouldn’t he have said “slipped in the Crack!”

  13. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 20, 2011 9:23 AM

    “This doesn’t make me wonder about our thoroughness.”

    Umm…it should! This is like a QB throwing an INT or and O coord calling a play on 4th down that doesn’t work and him saying it was the right call and he’d do it again. Obviously if they can miss what Hurd’s up to, they aren’t doing a good enough job. Proof is in the pudding Jerry, not in opinion.

  14. KIR says: Dec 20, 2011 9:31 AM

    Can someone explain to me if the only drugs confiscated were the drugs supplied by the government and no money was exchanged how is this not entrapment? He’s selling 500k of drugs a week and there are no raids of drug houses, no other arrest and no money confiscated after monitoring his calls for months? Something just doesn’t sound right about this case.

    Not making excuses for him because he made a very a dumb decision that he’s going to have to live with. But, if you befriend 100 (26 year olds) and offered to give them a kilo, Sam Hurd wouldn’t be the only one to take the drugs. Heck if you befriended 100 (40 or 50 year olds) who’ve never had a traffic ticket and offered them a kilo and they thought they could sell it for twice the amount and make a quick buck wholesaling, my guess is that we’d be shocked at the amount of guys who might make the same bad decision. Maybe 10 or 20%???? That’s why entrapment is not allowed.

  15. henryd3rd says: Dec 20, 2011 9:40 AM

    Hurd was living a dream that has come crashing down all around him. Even if his high priced lawyers spring him from his legal problems Commissioner Roger Goodell will have the final say as if he’ll ever suit up in the NFL again. My guess is that Hurd has seen the inside of an NFL locker room for the last time.

    I really feel for Lovey Smith. He’s a class act who has had a really bad year. Maybe Bears management will finally wake up and spend some real money on some quality free agents as oppose to drug dealers and cast offs.

  16. klunge says: Dec 20, 2011 9:43 AM

    If you’re background checks are so thorough Mr. Jones, how can you explain giving up 3 draft picks for Roy Williams? A couple hours of film study and your organization should have detected he can’t play anymore. But we Lions’ fans appreciate that kind of “thoroughness.”

  17. nesuperfan says: Dec 20, 2011 9:44 AM

    I would assume that if you are dealing drugs, you are going to at least try to be careful (even if the feds did eventually catch him), so I would assume that that means keeping it as far away from the coaches’ and owner’s eyes.

    I am also no Jerry Jones apologist, but he did nothing wrong, nor could you expect them to have known. If they did know, and then did nothing about it, that would be another story.

  18. jrizzo575 says: Dec 20, 2011 9:52 AM

    Before a player is signed or drafted, he doesn’t have the capital to become a major player in the drug trade, so it’s completely moot as to what Jer-rah or any other GM investigates prior.

    The money he made subsequent to being drafted is what allowed him to become a “kingpin”.

  19. pigskinswag says: Dec 20, 2011 9:54 AM

    Thorough background checks Jerry? Yeah, Quincy Carter would agree with that.

  20. abninf says: Dec 20, 2011 9:57 AM

    cmutimmah says: Dec 20, 2011 8:43 AM

    Anyone think the reason Hurd was pushed out of town could have been that the Cowboys got wind of his plans?
    —————————————————–

    Yeah. And the holocaust was invented.

  21. RomosRibs says: Dec 20, 2011 10:19 AM

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    Eagles to cover any line is the bet. Easy money.
    You can Thank me Monday.

  22. sojumaster says: Dec 20, 2011 10:47 AM

    KIR says:Dec 20, 2011 9:31 AM

    Can someone explain to me if the only drugs confiscated were the drugs supplied by the government and no money was exchanged how is this not entrapment?

    —————————

    Bottom Line Up Front: Sam Hurd was not entrapped because he had full criminal intent prior to meeting with the undercover agents.

    A person is ‘entrapped’ when he is induced or persuaded by law enforcement officers or their agents to commit a crime that he had no previous intent to commit; and the law as a matter of policy forbids conviction in such a case.

    However, there is no entrapment where a person is ready and willing to break the law and the Government agents merely provide what appears to be a favorable opportunity for the person to commit the crime. For example, it is not entrapment for a Government agent to pretend to be someone else and to offer, either directly or through an informer or other decoy, to engage in an unlawful transaction with the person. So, a person would not be a victim of entrapment if the person was ready, willing and able to commit the crime charged in the indictment whenever opportunity was afforded, and that Government officers or their agents did no more than offer an opportunity.

    On the other hand, if the evidence leaves a reasonable doubt whether the person had any intent to commit the crime except for inducement or persuasion on the part of some Government officer or agent, then the person is not guilty.

    In slightly different words: Even though someone may have [sold drugs], as charged by the government, if it was the result of entrapment then he is not guilty. Government agents entrapped him if three things occurred:

    - First, the idea for committing the crime came from the government agents and not from the person accused of the crime.

    - Second, the government agents then persuaded or talked the person into committing the crime. Simply giving him the opportunity to commit the crime is not the same as persuading him to commit the crime.

    - And third, the person was not ready and willing to commit the crime before the government agents spoke with him.

    On the issue of entrapment the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was not entrapped by government agents.

  23. daysend564 says: Dec 20, 2011 11:16 AM

    @Grulks and cmutimmah:

    You are both wrong. He was neither run out of town nor cut. He left to the Bears as a UFA. He was a great ST player but wanted the money and a chance to compete for a top 3 WR position.

  24. wydok says: Dec 20, 2011 11:20 AM

    A background check isn’t going to find something illegal if he doesn’t get caught. *shrug*.

    Hurd was dealing drugs, but if he hadn’t gotten arrested before, how are they going to know unless whoever doing the background check spies on him?

  25. Derty Ernie says: Dec 20, 2011 11:28 AM

    No owner would tolerate this. Jerry Jones or no Jerry Jones.
    The thing that is shocking is, how much money does someone need? I mean this guy must of known he wasn’t star quality and was easily replaceable so to augment his NFL income he sold drugs.
    He played with fire and got burned and is looking at a long time in prison. There won’t be any Rev Jacksons coming out and blaiming the white man for this travesty.

  26. steeelfann says: Dec 20, 2011 11:38 AM

    Hey let’s all party over at the White House Jerry!
    Very comprehensive checks:

    Michael Irvin
    Erik Williams
    Nate Newton
    Pacman Jones
    Sam Hurd
    Antonio Bryant
    Quincy Carter
    Darren Hambrick
    Larry Brown
    Dwayne Goodrich
    Leonardo Carson
    Shante Carver
    Cory Fleming
    Clayton Holmes
    Leon Lett
    Solomon Page
    Harvey Martin
    Antonio Hutson

  27. sguy2130 says: Dec 20, 2011 11:48 AM

    I was wondering how Jerry Jones paid for that new stadium, it all makes sense now.

  28. 4gone says: Dec 20, 2011 12:09 PM

    Jones said “we do a thorough background check, we talked to his friends and family, Snoop Dogg and Charlie Sheen had nothing but good things to say about Sam”.

  29. yevrag3535 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:12 PM

    KIR get a life…

  30. irishgary says: Dec 20, 2011 12:25 PM

    I’m sure Jerry is right, he always did a great job with the likes of Irvin, Newhouse, etc

  31. upperdecker19 says: Dec 20, 2011 12:26 PM

    “We are very thorough”

    Just like you’re “thorough” when obtaining permits for accessory seating structures within your stadium

  32. drgfri says: Dec 20, 2011 12:34 PM

    Thoroughly botoxed…

  33. juddgr says: Dec 20, 2011 12:49 PM

    and this come from the man that was thorogh about putting on last years SUPERBOWL.
    If that is THOROGHNESS the the whole NFL is in BIG trouble

  34. blowtorch1964 says: Dec 20, 2011 2:23 PM

    GREED. Here’s the economics of the thing:

    $1.9 million per year-pay your agent and the tax man, get a house and a Hummer, rent a pad in the city you play for, take the entourage out for bottle service at the strip club, and it’s all gone!

    A mid level player at mid-career. It’s not going to last forever, especially if you get injured or cut. Then what? You have no other skills, and low character…so, yeah, that kilo deal sounds pretty good.

    That being said, I read the complaint. Sounds like his lackey who details his car did a lot of big talking to undercover feds and this is the result. He may have an entrapment defense, but he’s finished in the NFL.

    What ever happened to Jerome Simpson of the Bengals? Where’s his arrest?

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