DALLAS – Former Bears and Northern Illinois wide receiver Sam Hurd pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to buy cocaine and marijuana to set up a drug-distribution network, leaving a once-promising career in tatters as he faces a prison sentence of at least 10 years.
Hurd, 27, pleaded guilty in federal court in Dallas to one count of possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute. He pleaded guilty days before his trial was scheduled to begin, without any promise of a more lenient sentence.
He faces 10 years to life in prison when he is sentenced in July.
Standing in an orange jumpsuit, the tall, lanky Hurd leaned into a microphone and asked to address the court.
“I’m sorry for everything I’ve done,” he said in a brief statement, adding that he intended to plead guilty for months and never expected the process to take as long as it did.
Pats’ Dennard gets short jail sentence, probation
LINCOLN, Neb. – New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail and two years of probation for assaulting a police officer outside a Lincoln bar last year.
In court, Dennard apologized to his coaches, supporters, police and his family and promised to abide by the terms of the probation. He declined comment after leaving court.
The jail sentence is set to begin in March. Dennard attorney Terry Dougherty said he would ask Lancaster County District Judge Stephanie Stacy to suspend the jail sentence if Dennard complies with the terms of his probation over the next 11 months. Stacy said she would consider such a motion at that time.
NHL, union join fight against homophobia
TORONTO – The NHL and its players’ union are partnering with an advocacy organization fighting homophobia in sports.
The You Can Play Project will conduct seminars at the NHL’s rookie symposium and make its resources and personnel available to teams. Players will be able to seek counseling or ask questions regarding sexual orientation.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the venture underlines that “the official policy of the NHL is one of inclusion on the ice, in our locker rooms and in the stands.”
– Staff, wire reports