Bears teammates were rocked Thursday by news that wide receiver Sam Hurd had been arrested on federal drug charges that claim Hurd was in fact a major dealer of cocaine and marijuana.
Im just shocked about the situation, said wide receiver Roy Williams, a teammate of Hurds with the Dallas Cowboys and who signed with the Bears along with Hurd on July 29.
Its a situation that I dont want anyone to be in, especially a close friend or a teammate Ive been playing with now four or five years now. Especially a guy from Texas, with a wife and daughter.
Its tough for me, just cause Im not into drugs or anything like that. But I know it has to be tough for him, because he has his family, and thats a choice that he made. And theres consequences, with the choices that you make.
Defensive tackle Anthony Adams was stunned earlier this season by allegations of child sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky, defensive coordinator at Penn State, Adams alma mater.
I dont know, I dont know, Adams said quietly, shaking his head. Im just finding out about this.
The on-field concern now becomes whether or not the situation is a distraction, not so much during next Sundays game against Seattle, but in the days of preparation.
Sam's a nice guy, well liked, well liked in the locker room, said linebacker Lance Briggs. He's a guy we all were just getting to know.
Whether it's a teammate, whether it's another football player, basketball player, baseball, it doesn't really matter. You hate to see this happen to anyone. We all make mistakes, but this is just sad to see.