Will Yoder
Monday December 19th, 2011

Marion Barber did not talk to the media about his two major errors in the Chicago Bears’ stunning loss against the Denver Broncos in Week 14, but he did open up about his former teammate, Sam Hurd, when speaking to the Chicago Tribune yesterday.

"Sam is my brother," Barber told the Tribune following Sunday's 38-14 loss to the Seahawks. "Whatever he needs, I'm right there for him at the end of the day; him and his family. That is what's most important, making sure they're positive vibes and that he and his family are doing all right."

Barber, who was fined $10,000 last week for failing to address the media, didn’t offer his opinion on Hurd’s situation.

"I don't think about those things," he said. "That's not something I try to get into, the `whys.' I'm all about showing the love, and Sam's been my brother for a long time. I love him to death. I'm here to support him."

Hurd, a receiver in his first year with the Bears, was arrested for discussing the purchase of five to ten kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana with an undercover agent.  He was released after posting a $100,000 cash bond.  Hurd has been cut from the Bears and faces up to 40 years-in-prison if convicted. Barber and Hurd were teammates on the Dallas Cowboys for five seasons before meeting up again in Chicago.

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