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Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Jailed After Undercover Sting

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd is being held on federal drug charges after allegedly attempting to purchase over a pound of cocaine from an undercover agent, and is alleged to be one of the top drug dealers in the Chicago area.

Police are also reportedly in possession of a list of NFL players who were allegedly supplied with illegal drugs by Hurd.

“Sam intends to fight these charges, and we intend to defend him fully. We have complete confidence in him,” said attorney David Kenner.

According to the criminal complaint, Hurd, 26, met with an undercover agent at Morton’s restaurant in Rosemont, Ill., and told the agent that he was interested in buying five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana weekly to distribute across the Chicago area.

As the agent and Hurd dined on $300 worth of filet mignon, the wide receiver allegedly said that he and another person were already distributing approximately four kilos of cocaine weekly in Chicago, but needed a new supplier that could meet their demand.

Hurd allegedly told the agent that while his partner handled most of their drug deals, he was responsible for the “higher-end deals.”

Kathy Colvin, spokesperson for U.S. Attorney in Dallas, told ABC News that she “cannot confirm or deny” allegations that Hurd sold drugs to other NFL players, but she points out that such charges are not in the criminal complaint.

According to the charges, Hurd left the meeting with the undercover officer after he agreed to pay $25,000 for each kilo of cocaine and $450 per pound of marijuana. He said that he could pay for a kilo of cocaine after “he gets out of practice.”

He then walked out of the restaurant with the package and was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Hurd, who spent five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and signed with the Bears on July 29, was first identified as a potential drug dealer this July when an informant tipped off authorities as the NFL lockout was coming to a close.

Bears Coach Lovie Smith said he was disappointed by the arrest, and called it a “total surprise.” He said that Hurd is still a member of the team for now.

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Obama Honors 1985 Chicago Bears with White House Celebration

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Image(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama enjoyed one of the “perks of the job” on Friday, welcoming the 1985 Chicago Bears – “the greatest team in NFL history” –  to the White House for a long-overdue celebration in honor of their Super Bowl victory.

“This is as much fun as I will have as President of the United States right here,” Obama said as he stood before his beloved hometown team.

While Super Bowl champions are traditionally honored at the White House, the celebration for the 1985 Bears was cancelled when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded two days after their Super Bowl victory. The president, an avid fan, invited the Bears to finally come to the White House for what he called some “well-deserved and long overdue recognition” for the team that “changed everything for every team that came on after, on and off the field.”

The president admitted that his blatant bias “might get me in some trouble" in some of the cities that he visits, “but I believe it is the truth!”

“What made this team so captivating wasn’t just that they won, wasn’t just that they dominated -- it was the way they did it.  Yes, they were punishing.  Yes, they were dominant.  But they also had a lot of fun.  And you could tell they enjoyed playing together,” Obama said.

The 1985 team had nine Pro-Bowlers, four future Hall-of-Famers, five if you include Coach Mike Ditka. One of those Hall-of-Famers, however, was noticeably absent Friday. Dan Hampton declined the president’s invitation, citing his personal dislike of Obama.

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