I was reading an ESPN article on Sam Hurd, describing his character. The author, Jean-Jaques Taylor made a true statement:
Fact. On occasion, we hold athletes in high esteem because we want to believe they exemplify what WE want to be in our lives. The athlete as “role model” is one we for some reason get a charge out of having.
Forget it. We’ve seen that power and charisma can corrupt anyone. Sam Hurd had carefully constructed an image as a “nice” person. Interestingly, he’s now going to be viewed as a felon; not just a drug dealer but a KINGPIN. Sad. The guy had a lot. He just wanted even more, and didn’t care whom it hurt.
Now we’ve heard Sam Hurd has given federal investigators “double digit” names of NFL players who bought drugs from him. Now he’s a Rat Hall-of-Famer. Truly sad. Now that he’s going to spend a long stretch in federal prison, he’s determined to bring others with him.