Accused NFL Drug Dealer Sam Hurd Taps Former Death Row Attorney David Kenner


(AllHipHop News) Accused Chicago Bears drug dealer Sam Hurd has hired high-powered defense attorney David Kenner to represent him in his federal drug dealing case.

The former wide receiver was arrested on Wednesday (December 14), after he met with an undercover agent in a Chicago restaurant and attempted to purchase multiple kilos of cocaine.

Federal prosecutors began investigating Hurd in July, when an informant tipped them off, claiming that Hurd was running a drug dealing network.

According to prosecutors, Sam Hurd admitted to an undercover agent that his drug dealing network was selling about 4 kilos of cocaine per week.

He was at the restaurant meeting with a confidential informant, to set up a deal, because he could not keep up with the demand.

The NFL star was attempting to purchase 5 to 10 kilograms of cocaine per week at a cost of $25,000 per kilo, along with 1,000 pounds of marijuana to distribute, per week. He also left the meeting with a package he believed contained a kilo of cocaine.

Sam Hurd’s attorney David Kenner is already well-known in Hip-Hop circles.

Kenner represented incarcerated drug baron Michael “Harry-O” Harris, who was allegedly an early investor in Death Row Records.

According to the documentary “Welcome to Death Row,” Kenner helped Harry-O form Godfather Entertainment, which was supposed to be the parent company for Death Row Records, which was co-owned by Marion “Suge” Knight and Dr. Dre.
Harry-O’s alleged ownership of Death Row Records set off a bitter battle for the label, which resulted in Suge Knight bankrupting the legendary imprint.

The company was eventually sold to Canadian based company Wide Awake Entertainment for $18 million in January of 2008.

David Kenner, along with Johnnie Cochran, was among the lawyers who represented Snoop Dogg in his 1996 murder trial, which ended in an acquittal for the rapper.

David Kenner is hopeful that he can successfully defend Sam Hurd against the federal drug dealing charges.

“Sam intends to fight these charges, and we intend to defend him fully,” David Kenner told the Associated Press. “We have complete confidence in him…they start off looking terrible, and then we end up with not guiltys.”

Sam Hurd’s coach Lovie Smith and other members of the Chicago Bears were shocked at his arrest.

Earlier in the summer, Hurd had signed a $5.15 million deal with The Bears.

He also earned a $1.35 million signing bonus and took home a base pay of $685,000.

But things could get worse for the disgraced NFL star, as reports are surfacing that he was providing drugs to other NFL players.

According to CBS Radio’s 670 The Score, federal prosecutors have a double-digit list of NFL players that are connected to the drug dealing network, in some manner.

Hurd is charged multiple offenses, including conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, or half a kilogram.

He faces up to 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine if convicted.

Sam Hurd is currently free on $100,000 bail.