An attorney for ex-Chicago Bears wideout Sam Hurd said Friday that his client had never sold drugs to other NFL players, hoping to put any rumors to rest as his client prepares to fight federal drug charges.
Less than an hour after Hurd was cut by the Bears, defense attorney Brett Greenfield told reporters that his client planned to fight the charges and wanted one thing made clear:
"Sam has asked me to address one point, with respect to the rumors that Sam has been supplying drugs to other members of the NFL, out of respect to the NFL, out of respect to teammates and out of respect to other players, he 100 percent denies that allegation," Greenfield said. "It is patently and totally false. It just didn't happen."
Another defense attorney of Hurd's, David Kenner, also disputed the report that authorities have a list of NFL players with a connection to Hurd, who is facing federal drug charges following his Wednesday arrest.
"I haven't seen all the material," Kenner told the Chicago Sun-Times. "But we have seen nothing to support that contention. We believe that is simply not the case."
Chicago sports radio station, 670 The Score, cited a law enforcement source in reporting Thursday that police have a list of NFL players in the "double-digits" supplied by the former Bears wide receiver.
The NFL also said Friday it is not aware of other players involved in the federal drug case against Hurd.
League spokesman Brian McCarthy said the NFL is closely monitoring the case. Asked about the report about the list in question, McCarthy said: "We are not aware of such a list."
Hurd was arrested Wednesday night after authorities said he agreed to buy a kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of cocaine from an undercover agent. A criminal complaint says Hurd wanted to set up a drug-distribution network in the Chicago area.
"I'm certainly not going on any witch hunts about players," he added. "The one thing that we've done when there's been a wrong, we've acted. We don't justify wrongs. 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."
"I wouldn't think so," he said. "A lot of guys in this locker room are very high-character guys."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.