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November 12, 2013

Jason Hatcher on Sam Hurd: I never knew any of this was going on with him

Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said Tuesday he has no idea what Sam Hurd was talking about in an interview with TheMMQB.com. Hurd said in the article published Tuesday that he sold marijuana at cost to 20 or 25 teammates when he was with the Cowboys.

"I never knew that any of this was going on with him," Hatcher said. "He's always been a great guy in the locker room, a great teammate. It is very shocking to hear. But as far as like everybody smoking in the NFL, I don’t know. Whatever you do off the field is your business. I don’t really know what to say about that situation."

Hurd, a receiver and core special teams player for the Cowboys from 2006-10, faces a possible life sentence Wednesday for a drug-trafficking conviction. Hurd was arrested in 2011 when he played for the Bears. He pled guilty of possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to distribute, which comes with a minimum sentence of 10 years.

"You don’t want to see that happen to a guy like that," Hatcher said. "I had a lot of respect for him as a man. He never came on to me as a bad person. I never knew nothing like this was going on behind the scenes. I wish the best for him. At the end of the day, you got to have a soft place in your heart for a guy like that with family, kids. It’s possible he could go to prison without knowing his daughter or whatever. Sad situation. But I wish the best for him and I will continue to pray for him."

-- Charean Williams

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