The Bears spent a lot of time trying to say they were doing background checks and looking for people of good moral character. Tim Ruskell, the assistant general manager, told scouts in 2010 they had to stay away from prospects with questionable pasts. They were still dealing with the fallout of Tank Johnson, who was arrested three times in an 18 month period starting in 2006 and had guns and drugs just laying around his house where his kids could get to them. Hurd was praised for his maturity, has a wife and kids, came from Northern Illinois University, sang hymns in the locker room, and in 2010, received the Ed Block Courage Award, which is given to one player on each team for setting a good example of courage and sportsmanship. The Bears signed him up on July 29th.
It's a safe bet the Bears didn't really do a background check. If they had, they would have seen that, the day before, July 28th, Hurd had been grilled by Homeland Security for drug trafficking. He was pulled over driving a vehicle that carried his friend, $88,000 in cash, and pot plants. (He later tried to get the money back but said the plants were his buddy's.) And, in addition to, on top of that, he allegedly tried to arrange the purchase of $50,000 worth of cocaine in Texas on September 9 this year, two days before the season opener.
On Thursday, there was team practice to get ready for the game this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Everyone noticed Hurd wasn't there. They didn't know what happened to him. They eventually found out that, on Wednesday night, he got busted in a federal sting operation for drug trafficking. Hurd had negotiated to spend $70,000 a week to get 5 to 10 kilos of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of weed a week. Hurd was apparently dealing to some of his NFL buddies -- according to WSCR-AM 670, the feds got a list of players Hurd sold to, and it was in "the double digits." Of course, Lovie Smith, the coach of the Bears, said, "I just know that no one else would be involved [from the Bears]." News reports didn't say if Smith was waving his hand as he said that.
Now, the Bears are a stupid organization, it's just that the fans don't know it or don't care. The Bears are still doing business with the memorabilia dealer who was convicted of selling false merch and forged signatures. When Jay Cutler got injured, he went to his own choice in medical care instead of the Bears' own respected medical team. Barber blew the game last week and would only speak to two hand-picked reporters who didn't ask follow-ups. And, oh yeah, Tank Johnson. It doesn't help that your player gets busted in a fed operation and you don't even know until it starts turning up in the local media. But God forbid you say anything against their precious Bears.
I've complained about the lack of ethics in the world in general and sports in particular. And I know there's plenty of cheating already in games. Floyd Landis, Ben Johnson, Marion Jones, Barry Bonds, these are just the people that stupid enough to get caught. The criminals with real talent don't get found out.
...so this is how Diogenes felt, huh?