Over the Edge - Sam Brown video on CBC

Nov 16, 2009 at 21:32
Nov 16, 2009
by Tyler Maine  
 
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Source: The Fifth Estate

This past weekend, on CBC News television, the Fifth Estate aired an in depth look into the world of Sam Brown by reporter Linden MacIntyre. It's a pretty good piece and we want to share it with everyone that has been following the story since Sam's death late last winter.

More inside,

Video: Over the Edge

On February 23, 2009, 24-year-old Sam Brown of British Columbia was arrested by U.S. authorities in Washington State as he landed a helicopter he had piloted across the border. Sam’s crime: he was attempting to smuggle almost 200 kilograms of marijuana, “B.C. Bud”. Only a few days after his arrest, Sam hanged himself in his jail cell. In Over the Edge, Linden MacIntyre takes us into the world of drug smuggling in B.C. and the role in it of young people like Sam Brown.

Sam was an extreme sports enthusiast, who thrived on the adrenaline of risk taking. He grew up in the B.C. interior, living in Nelson, where the flourishing mountain biking scene offered him new challenges. Rugged and picturesque, Nelson is a hotbed for the young and unconventional, a magnet for extreme sports enthusiasts—and a centre for the lucrative, underground marijuana industry.

The homegrown pot, “B.C. Bud”, pours billions of illegal dollars into local economies in B.C. Huge demand for the drug has allowed Nelson to ride out normal economic swings. But “B.C. Bud” also fuels a multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise on B.C.’s lower mainland and the United States, sustained largely by a core group of thrill-seekers like Sam—young people who smuggle drugs for the sheer high of the risk and their addiction to the money.

In Over the Edge, the fifth estate reconstructs Sam’s final smuggling mission. Linden MacIntyre speaks with a former smuggler who recruited Sam into that world. Viewers will also hear from his sisters and father, still grappling with the circumstances of his arrest and his death, as well as Sam’s American lawyers, some of the last people to speak with him before he took his life.

Link to CBC to view the feature - Over the Edge
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135 Comments

  • + 15
 I feel bad for his family . but just because he rode bikes everyone has so much sympathy for him. he was a criminal. Smuggling drugs is illegal in Canada and the US and drains our society by feeding into an already seemingly unstoppable system of crime. he deserved to go to jail and his suicide is just cowardly. This man had no integrity and deserves no pity. His family suffers because of him and your condolences should be with them. This story is quite tragic.
  • + 12
 I agree with everything that you've said, accept the cowardly reference. People make choices everyday in life, his choice to commit suicide is obviously one of the biggest choices one could ever make. While I don't think it was cowardly, I do believe it was a selfish decision.
  • + 8
 I agree with what you say, riding a bike does not erase the deeds you do in life. his parents never inteneded to raise a criminal, or lose their son to Suicide. the guilt, anger and saddness for them will be unmeasurable. Ninjaty your words are true but sound harsh you speak like you have been touched by a suicide before...it is a dark road.
  • + 6
 Hey if you lived in a town where pot was so normalized how would you look at things? How would that effect your decision making? I grew up with people shooting deer out of season and drinking and driving it was normalized for me and I did it some, till I got caught and paid a price. I am not saying it was right but look at the bigger picture of it all. Its sad but nobody that lives there seems to mind the recession proof town. Many people make mistakes lets leave it at that, his was just more publicized. What if everyone knew every mistake you made. How would you be looked upon?
  • + 7
 I wouldnt use the word cowardly...especially if the family ends up reading this.
  • + 1
 Wow, I say he's a criminal and I get neg prop'd. How you manage this ninjaty? Hahah. I'm with you on this one 100%
  • + 0
 It's amazing to see how many kids on this website don't realize the downside of major drug smuggling. Sure, he was a regular guy, but he got pulled into a dangerous thing and he took a fall for another criminal. There isn't honour among thieves and Sam sounded like a guy who WAS smarter than that.
  • + 0
 truth has been spoken. haha.
  • + 4
 ...cowardly? Definitely Not the right word, I don't know if there is any word to describe what he did. Mostly just not thinking his decision all the way through, combined with the weight of 350lbs of marijuana on his shoulders and being so far from home. I think that pressure, could have made any person no matter how strong, not think so clearly.
Sometimes you have the courage to live, and sometimes you have the courage to die.
Neither of them were an easy choice through his eyes.
  • + 1
 "Have courage to die?" there is nothing noble or couragous about suicide. It was cowardly becuse he did not have the character to face his consequenses with dignity or even a glimmer of being able to learn from his mistakes. Instead, he took his own life. That is not courage. That is a coward.
  • + 1
 Everyone has there own opinion, i think there are different types of courage, maybe not the best kind of it but its still there.. In no way is it an easy decision to end your life. A little bit of empathy is all it takes to understand what someone would be thinking, if you were in there place. I definitely don't think his last thoughts were, 'hey i don't want to go to jail, it would be so much easier to kill myself, then i can get away with it?' how could it be cuz everyone knows what happens after death..? like its this easy fun place where everythings made out of cotton candy and butterflies.
  • + 1
 I'm not trying to start anything tho, it's just sad for a young guy to die. we can all agree on that.
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  • + 15
 Sadly a talented driven individual like him chose the wrong path after being lured in by the easy money and an adrenaline rush. The one thing that kept being said was that he wasn't stupid. Well, I don't wish to offend anyone...but it's pretty common knowledge that the US has a much more strict way of dealing with drug offenders on all levels...but especially with people working organized drug smuggling operations. He was NOT dealing out a few joints to friends here and there for pocket change. He was very much involved with high end smuggling of large amounts of multiple drugs. Big time stuff. If he didn't know what he was getting into or the characters he was associating with, his judgment was certainly not the best. Anyone who is considering doing anything remotely like this should take this story as an example of what can happen when getting involved with any level of the drug trade. Again, a sad ending. However, maybe some people should try to learn from his very costly mistake.
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  • + 13
 All so sad. Who are you to judge Sam Brown? Who are any of us to judge Sam? I didn't know him. I bet most of you didn't either. He made his choices, he would have rather died then spend 40 years in prison. I think many of us would do the same. I am not saying what he had done was right or wrong. I do think that the legalization of pot would totally cripple all of the west coast gangs, restore B.C's economy, + generate huge tax revenues for the feds. Big Brother down south makes sure we don't, so the killing on the coast will continue, and kids like Sam will continue to be victimized by quick money and the rush involved in smuggling. This really shouldn't happen.

I agree with Bigtard, leave him alone. Pay your respects to a fellow rider, if you don't agree shut your mouth.
  • + 3
 off topic

Newfdh your name implies an east coast connection, is this true?

I hail from Isle Aux Morts
  • + 3
 Well the thing is, the B.C. economy is doing pretty darn good. As mentioned in the documentary, they don't have recessions because of the underground business in some cities keeping a illegal, but steady income to the town.
  • + 6
 Well one thing to add I don't agree with the cocaine that was suppose to come back. I work at an addictions facility and I don't care what it does for the economy of a town it wrecks alot of lives and has alot of long term effects and not just for the individual addicted.
  • + 3
 Well you really could say the same for 200KG of weed, it's a pretty large amount that doesn't cause addiction but causes some pretty criminal activity. Anything illegal can ruin society.
  • + 4
 Don't get me wrong though it was a tragedy what happened. I felt awful after watching the show. No disrespect meant by any comments made here to Sam or his family.
  • + 2
 Same here. It's terrible to see what a seemingly normal biker/teenager got himself into.
  • - 1
 Legalizing Pot won't cripple west coast organized crime, X and Meth pay better.
  • + 3
 Sad story indeed. No ones judging Sam. Feel terrible for his family tho. With regards to legalizing and taxing pot, It may seem like a good idea at first...gov't makes revenue, ppl are happy, criminal activity falls..blah blah, Now concider the downside. Greater healthcare costs (greater cancer risks), young individuals with early addiction problems and greater risk of being addicted to other types of drugs. Legalization will mainly harm the younger portion of population rather than individuals who are already long term users of pot. BC's economy isnt doing too bad as it is. Plus what are the Cops gonna do for living if there are no one to bust.
  • + 2
 True, but they could make it like tobacco or alcohol, where the legal age of purchase is 19. Sure kids would still get ahold of it. But they do with cigarettes and booze anyway.
  • + 0
 Sorry someguy101, but most of what you said about marijuana is infact false. First you should consider the effects of tobacco and alcohol. If pot was to be legalized, and say more people used it as their drug of choice, we would see less cancer is smokers. No case of lung cancer has ever been linked to marijuana smoke only. Also, we would see a reduced number of accidents from drunk driving. We would see less abuse in the home environment from alcohol induced beatings. We would see fewer deaths in college and high school students from alcohol poisoning from binge drinking. Also, marijuana is one of the most nonaddictive substances on earth. And marijuana certainly does not make you at a "greater risk of being addicted to other types of drugs." Marijuans is also one of the most nonlethal. You can die from drinking too much alcohol, eating too many hamburgers, even drinking too much water. If marijuana actually could kill people, we would have all heard about it by now. But it doesn't, it has killed nobody, ever. And finally, if marijuana was legalized, then cops would be able to spend their time busting criminals who have drugs that actually harm people, like meth, heroine, crack, and coke. Think about it.
  • + 1
 Legalization of pot would simply add-on to the already existing negetive effcts of alcohol and tabaco. Addiction is dependant mainly on personality type imo. If you smoke enough of anything you will obviously develope some sort of health problem whether it be cancer or what have ya. Imo it would lead to overall welfare loss to society in form of healthcare costs and less productive society. But hey if you like it smoke it no ones stoping you now. Its BC.
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  • + 9
 It is a sad story for sure. What it also does is highlight the fact that there is a lot more to pot than chilling out with your buddies and smoking a joint, it's all connected.
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  • + 11
 sad to see a great guy, great rider, and smart kid go like this.
  • + 3
 Only for certain medical conditions. Not legal to carry any unperscribed.
  • + 7
 This piece was really well put together and it's cool to learn more about it than just a small news brief.
  • + 10
 sad to hear.. RIP man
  • + 5
 Sucks so bad. You can tell he was a good kid that just got in too deep.
  • + 5
 man this guy was so talented and so young to die...RIP dude But man getting caught smuggling 350lbs of marijuana in America...means major jail time cuz they are so damn strict there
  • + 4
 there was a pinkbike article a couple months back on Sam Brown, it gives a great perspective on it to www.pinkbike.com/news/sam-brown-2009.html
  • - 10
 why there was that piece of cloth in jail? dont they know that it can be used for suicides?
Idiots, sorry for sam
  • + 6
 it was a bed sheet dude...Rolleyes
  • + 3
 oh sorry then. i bad
  • + 5
 meh, if it was legalised it could be regulated and taxed, like prostitution, making it illegal just ramps up the prices causing more crime. alcohol is vastly more dangerous than weed anyway.
  • + 2
 does anyone know if he was a member here on PB ??
  • + 2
 he probly was. this was a real tragedy.
  • + 1
 I just searched to see if Sam was on Pinkbike, there are Sam Browns, but not this particular one.
  • - 3
 Charges for weed were only one of his problems, he supposed to smuggle coke on his way back, coke not necessarily but might be easily converted into crack and that's what makes him a loser in my book.
  • + 1
 well calling a kid who is now dead because of some poor choices is no reason to call him a loser. he was a very good kid, liked by everyone, always looking for adventure.
  • + 1
 He's not saying that he is a loser because he dead, he is saying that cocaine trafficking makes him a loser.
  • + 2
 ^exactly - I didn't say he's a loser because he's dead, I was shocked and sad when i heard that. I remember his segment in NWD and It's one of my favorites, BUT trafficking cocaine that can be easily converted in to one of the most destructive and addictive drugs, is wrong. I used to live in east London and like many of you living in similar kind of places saw enough thieving crackheads running around with knives and such to have strong opinion on the matter. And sad to say people like Sam are part of the cause of the problem, grabbing quick easy money without thinking about how it might affect others.
  • + 2
 to fallline. how in hell is was he a "smart kid"!!??!! RIP to sam btw. he was an idiot though. bring on the neg props!
  • + 0
 Smart enough to fly a helicopter..........can U? And if you guys read the article- the cocaine was intercepted, therefore he didn't touch the stuff, if it wasn't intercepted and he flew it back into Japanada then you guys have something to say- but he didn't. He got caught with weed and the DEA scared him so bad with 'possible' sentences, that he freaked out and did what he did..............its a sad story altogether. Let's keep Sam Brown in the positive for his MTB friends and family. We all learned something from this. Happy Holidays everyone!
  • - 1
 You don't have to be smart to fly a helicopter it's a technical skill. Plenty of dumb drivers, dumb truck drivers, dumb pilots...just because you can learn a technical skill does not make you smart. I'm sure that Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, or Steven Hawking aren't l33t drivers but they are smart as hell.

Doesn't matter if he didn't get a chance to "touch" the cocaine he was still going to transport it.

And don't try to lay the blame on the DEA or the justice department they weren't the ones who decided to traffic narcotics. (personal opinions don't factor into facts of law, so don't start about how weed is x, y, and z...not making a moral or policy argument)

Now see you didn't say what "we all learned something from this" so what did we "learn" cause I can't even figure anything out from your statements before this sentence. People should learn that international drug smuggling is highly illegal and the consequences are severe and scary.
  • + 1
 As a 19 year old, you sure have a strong view of what happened. Its definenately misconstrued. You can argue your 'point' all you want- but the kid is dead from being in a US Jail, held by DEA aents who told him hw was going to be locked up for 40+ years- how would you react? Yeah- that's what I thought.
  • + 1
 What is misconstrued? Sam is dead because he killed himself, sure he got scared from what he possibly could be tried for but it was his choice to smuggle drugs internationally, as was suicide. Not saying that he deserved it or it was right, but his actions led to this whether or not I or anyone else agrees with anything.

And since you didn't refute any of my arguments, my argument about my "point" is right over yours.
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  • + 6
 I didn't know much about Sam before I watched this show on CBC. Good example that crime and greed doesn't pay. In my honest opinion he took huge chances and wasn't ready to pay the price if he got caught. Sadly, he decided to take the easy way out. I hope this doc is seen by lots of people. It serves and excellent lesson for anyone thinking of getting into the smuggling biz.
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  • + 5
 i feel bad for the guy, he seemed like a real nice person who rode their bike but... lets face it, if this article was posted on pinkbike and it was just about some random guy who smuggled drugs and DIDNT bike, then he would get flamed by many. it was a stupid desicion to smuggle drugs and i dont know if he was either fully concious or on drugs or something when he hung himself, but that was also dumb.

40 years is a long time in jail, but really, be good in jail, they usually reduce your sentence by a few years. think of all the things you are leaving behind when you die. your causing grief on family and friends, you will never have kids/ a wife, never ride a bike again, and so many other simple joys in life. i wish he could be alive in jail right now and when he got out, im sure he would be happy if he had waited and could lead a normal life and die peacefully

RIP Sam
I hope you are riding the sweet trails of heaven
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  • + 5
 ha ha im from nelson i knew the kid and many ppl that knew him. he was one of those ppl that had a quality that you dont see very often .. so what he fuckin moved some weed n shit all you internet critics omg he is sooo bad...get reeal i bin to prison sold drugs yadi yadi w e i changed my life i am a professional tradesmen and am a nice guy any of you shit talkin him have clearly never been busted by the cops for a seriouse crime you would know that they just try to scare you reeal bad..well he didnt know any better and they prolley told him he would spend the rest of his life in prison which would be why he killed himself. if they would have told him the truth which is get a good lawyer and hell get you moved to a canadian prison with no priors you would probably be out in 5 to 7 he would still be alive so blame the boys for that instead of callin him a coward
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  • + 4
 I watched this last night. I feel bad for the guy and his family. Just someone looking to make a quick buck in this shit slave society we live in. Who cares that he did a bit of dealing. How does that compare to corporate banks playing with peoples money, stealing, lying, manipulating economies etc?
  • + 7
 It wasn't exactly "a bit of dealing." He smuggled hundreds of kilos of pot to the US on each trip while he brought back cocaine that was brought to the US from Mexico back into Canada. It was larger than most of us think. I mean most people usually don’t have access to helicopters, know how to fly them, or where to find them, and the helicopter mysteriously registered to an acquaintance and well known drug dealer’s family just makes something wishy washy.

It's weird how the show explained what he did this as an adventure and doing it for the thrill rather than anything else. Although the money was lucrative and enticing, there were several points made that he was going to stop once he paid for the girl who was incarcerated because of the groups’ tactics and he felt obligated to pay for her attorney.

I find it weird that you compare drug dealing to “corporate banks playing with peoples money, stealing, lying, manipulating economies etc?” when this exact behavior ultimately led to Sam’s death. Sam needed the money so there was this looming attraction and lust for it in order to pay for an attorney for the girl that was imprisoned. He “stole” the helicopter that he used on his last drop or that is what the owner claims. The drug dealer on the US side who was supposed to be at the drop point was missing in action for 3 days and other people involved in this smuggling operation on the US side knew this vital information and didn’t let Sam know. Had he known, the argument is that he wouldn’t have flown and risked it. Therefore, he was manipulated by the very people who he trusted.
  • + 7
 From the story, it sounds like he was awaiting trial and hadn’t been convicted. They made a note saying that drug smuggling brings sentences from 5-40 years but he was never arraigned on anything. For all we know, he could have been sentenced for 5 years and brought back to Canada to serve this time. We will never know. Even the lawyers tried to show him the “positives” in the situation. However, I think he already made his decision when he was caught to take his own life because he didn’t want his family deeply involved in this. It is a very tragic and unfortunate story but it is becoming an alarming reality. First Sam Brown, then Missy Giove…
  • + 3
 Laurie, from an article i read a while back, it appeared that his sentence would not have been that long, a fair stretch yes, but one where he would be out of jail within his youth, people cannot defend the lad realistically, 350lb's of weed is a HUGE amount, people need to learn to look at the situation as if he wasnt a MTB'er, they would all be saying "f*ck him."

And fade, how can you compare this to corporate banks, you clearly dont understand banking operations, so dont go comparing it.

Its a sad story, but as laurie said, its the real world, drugs affect people, and drugs lead to death, you would all learn to take a far colder approach had you lost close members of your family to drugs.
  • + 1
 I was comparing it to power hungry corporate banks because they are doing way more criminal things then one person smuggling weed and drugs and no one does a thing about it. They are the real criminals.
  • + 1
 the irony of this is, of course, that the World Bank and IMF are the ones who go into poor countries and force them to privatize their natural resources (like the Bechtel corporation did in Bolivia in '99) to pay for the debts of the corrupt governments (many of which are in place because of military coups that the US is responsible for either allowing or initiating - see WHINSEC). the people are then forced to turn to alternative means of employment and many turn to the manufacturing of drugs as a way of sustaining their lifestyle in a failing national economy. the CIA then allows the corrupt governments or drug lords to ship their product to the US, and into the lucrative North American market (like they did in '96 to raise money for the anti-government Congras troops in Nicaragua) in exchange for either military favours, money, or valuable resources. meanwhile, the war on drugs back home allows police to crack down even harder on poor, predominantly African American citizens in drug-flooded communities, drastically increase sentences for victimless drug-related crimes, keep the prison system filled to the brim with inmates - the US has the largest prison population in the world, with over 2 million inmates - and the streets clean of the poor, drug-addicted minorities, all the while creating more consumer-friendly cities. who could disagree with that?

smalltime (relatively) smugglers like Sam Brown are just symptoms of a fundamentally flawed system. fade86's comment was entirely relevant. the corporations and banks are just as much a part of this mess as the people on the street. if you are concerned with the drug problem in North America, do some reading up on the matter. it is alarming how much of it is controlled, either directly or through negligence, by the very people fighting it.
  • + 2
 thanks frolosophy...i was beginning to think i was talking to myself.
  • + 1
 no worries, man.
  • + 2
 Kind of confused on what you mean with the comparison to big business Laurie. Corporate America is way worse than anything that this man has been accused of. It's sad that someone lost their life for something so silly as weed...no matter how much he was smuggling. Story says that he was also to pick up some cocaine on the way back. Anyone that would believe that is a fool. That is all made up by the government so people wouldn't feel sorry for the guy. B.C is not a mecca for cocaine. B.C is a mecca for weed, it's that simple. My condolences are with his loved ones and family. Poor guy knew that he was going to jail for a long time.
  • + 1
 i just realized i made a few critical typo's earlier. i meant to say Contras in the '80s not Congras in '96 (it was late, what can i say?). sorry about that.
  • + 1
 Talking about Sam right now on "The Current" on CBC Radio 1 (Jan18,2010, 9am EST)
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  • + 4
 i rerember watching his segment in new world disorder 3 when i was a kid. its sad to think that people can be draged into pot smuggling so easily when they have such a good life. the trail at the end of the documentry looked nuts. to bad he isnt around to finish building it
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  • + 4
 So so so so sad to see someone with a beautiful life to look forward to end up like this... Please let his FAMILY and REAL friends go on with life to remember who and what he really was.. A real young man living life for what it is, LIFE!
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  • + 4
 Sad to see a young life with so much promise ended this way. Being a parent of a teen-aged boy, it's scary to think what the lure of "easy money" can do. Sam may have made some bad decisions with worse consequences, but the little guy isn't the bad one here. Large industry drug smuggling operations that take advantage of youth are.
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  • + 3
 Its always that 'one last time' that brings you down. Skiing, snowboarding, DJing, DHing - whenever someone says "Just one more run" then I say "Forget it, we're done for the day".

To ignore history is to repeat it. Hopefully the publication of Sam's story will save others from his fate.

RIP Sam.
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  • + 7
 He dug his own grave. Sad it had to end that way. RIP.
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 "RECUIT?" I have now watched it a 2nd time. As interesting as the story is, I feel this publication could encourage newer, young,and DUMBER riders to strive for something similar//. To ALL riders out there, there is more to life than money ! Have a happy one!
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  • + 2
 Sprocket99,

-"so what he moved some weed"
yeah thats illegal. Wether it should be or not is another story because right now it is...

-"you would know they just try to scare you real bad."
He should have been scared, he was moving 200kg's of an illegal substance!!

-"he didnt know any better and they prolley told him he would spend the rest of his life in prison which would be why he killed himself."
No they told him 5-40 years for the crime he commited. If you are willing to commit the crime you better be sure what the consequences are going to be before you get into it.

-"get real ppl he lived a life full of good and he did one thing bad and thats all you see."
What you are not understanding is that he might have lived a good life, BUT HE BROKE THE LAW!!! When you are a kid your parents should have taught you that every action has a consequence, if you make a mistake you better be able to live with the consequence.

-"id be happy to meet any of you in person who has bad things to say about him and discuss it further."
Way to be cool guy! Are you going to pound your beliefs into us? Its a good thing your "trade" doesnt require any literary skills because you would be f*cked...
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 Its sad that we know it happens, condemn it when they get caught. Its societies fault. Poor guy, lots of talent and a real future. Sam, rip bro.. hope you ride those sweet berms forever.
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 boys in blue* if the DEA busted any of you critics im sure you would wanna die but none of you would have the stones to kill urself se hes got you beat there to cuz none of you would have the stones to fly that copter and the person who said o i dont like him cuz he brings coke back and it turns into crack well ...1 he doesnt cook it into crack to its cuz the yanks will trade you a pound of white for a pound of green straight up......if you went to another country where ur currency was worth 20 times theres would you wave the exchange rate . get real ppl he lived a life full of good and he did one thing bad and thats all you see matter fact none of you no shit and id be happy to meet any of you in person who has bad things to say about him and discuss it further.
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 variiis (6 hours ago)
"on one hand f*ckign coppas, they scared him to death. And why there was that piece of cloth in jail? dont they know that it can be used for suicides?
Idiots, sorry for sam"

First, off he f*cked up not the cops. Secondly,the piece of cloth was a bed sheet, and he hung himself on a light that was specifically designed to not allow such a thing. Its pretty tough to stop a guy who truly wants to end it all from doing it. They told him the minimum sentence for such a crime is anywhere from 5-40 years, HE WASNT EVEN CONVICTED YET!!!

Why is it the cops fault for catching a guy who was doing something ILLEGAL, I thought that was their job. Stupid kids, own up for your mistakes, dont blame someone else.
  • + 1
 Cops make a living off of other people's mistakes. There is no one lower in this world than Cops. Cops do intimidate to no end. I've seen it many times. They get their rocks off by seeing harmless people go to jail. It's all a power trip. The way that people empower Cops is just disturbing. If you think for a minute that Cops can't scare someone into wanting to take their own life, you are sadly mistaken. Yes the guy took part in illegal activity, however anyone with a brain realizes that weed won't harm people. We have doctors prescribing drugs that are addictive and kill people. Ruining lives just to get a kickback from the drug companies. Know your rights, don't let Cops fool you or manipulate you. May God bless all the people affected by this tragedy.
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 Rest in peace sam, nelson will never be the same without your devilish grin, i cried for you today february 20th 2010, 18th and the 19th, i know i will again, youll never be fergotten, if i could rewind time id tell you not to do it but i know you wouldnt listen, just knowing i did say it would be nice. it will be hard to go back to nelson when i do but i know that i have to do it, im going to build a bike trail for you, i know you would be proud in your honour your memory your name. RIP you crazy punk.
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 Sam was a talented young man who was fully capable of making his own decisions. I am certain that he knew of the consequences but to a certain extent was made to feel comfortable by those who were behind the whole thing and convinced him they had insulated him from the negative portions. Nonetheless he was an adult and regardless of small minded individuals who want to blame the system he made a decision to be involved and therefore was responsible and accountable for the results, which in this case was getting caught. All the legal crap aside at the end of the day a bright young man is no longer with us and in my opinion another tragedy as a result of the illicit drug trade. He leaves behind a family who watched him take his first steps, go to off to school, light up their days with an infectious smile and ride a bike. Sam may have made some bad decisions but above all else he was a son, brother and a friend to many and that is what will and should endure. My condolences to his family and community.
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 My sympathies are with his family. It's just bizarre how they make a drug runner into a great guy in the documentary, even though he lied to everyone around him. I guess it's good for ratings to spin it like that. I'm not saying he was a bad person, but he did a lot of bad things that get glossed over. I wonder how they would have spun the story if he was mexican, black, east indian, or asian.
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 RIP unfortunately his love for helicopters turned around into drug smuggling. Its sad he took his life before he new how long he was sentenced r.i.p. Sam you will be missed.
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 my condolences to his family and friends. i hope they can move forward from this and remember him for what he was and not for what has happened.
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 JejQ- When did he portray to have a big mouth??? Seemed to be in his own element to me. Think twice JejQ!
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 dualsuspensiondave (Nov 18, 2009 at 20:46)
"Cops make a living off of other people's mistakes. There is no one lower in this world than Cops. Cops do intimidate to no end. I've seen it many times. They get their rocks off by seeing harmless people go to jail. It's all a power trip. The way that people empower Cops is just disturbing.

If you think for a minute that Cops can't scare someone into wanting to take their own life, you are sadly mistaken. Yes the guy took part in illegal activity, however anyone with a brain realizes that weed won't harm people. We have doctors prescribing drugs that are addictive and kill people. Ruining lives just to get a kickback from the drug companies.

Know your rights, don't let Cops fool you or manipulate you. May God bless all the people affected by this tragedy."

You sir are an idiot... I agree that there are bad cops but wake up, the world is not out to get you. He broke the law and got caught, they explained to him that his MINIMUM SENTENCE could be anywhere from 5-40 years, HE WAS NOT EVEN CONVICTED YET!!!

Its because of people like you that there is so much bullshit going on in the first place. If people took responsibility for their actions instead of blaming someone or thing else, this world would be a much ebtter place.
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 jinx i think you comment is bit out of order its never a good thing to hear someone had died. rip sam an to his family sorry for your loss
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 RIP, his life was worth much more.
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 great video. such a sad story. he seemed to be a great guy with a great future ahead of him... RIP
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 good job pink bike. we gonna let everyone drag Sam Brown through the mud again?
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 He is not getting dragged though the mud, Big Tard. Sam's story is a very interesting one, albeit with a very sad ending. It's up to each viewer and reader to make his own choices regarding the mud.
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 whatever gets readers I guess tard. I wonder if this was someone who works at PB or any other media source, would the story be posted at that respective site or in print?
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 I think this is a story many people can learn from, why not discuss it over and over, one dead man is more than enough.
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 You realize that this was recently aired on a national, publicly-funded broadcaster, right? Pinkbike did not randomly pull it out of nowhere just to drag him "through the mud again."
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 yeah i realize that, but that's a news website, for real news.
now ( and in the first article that had nothing to do with pinkbike ) we just had a bunch of pricks telling everyone how he deserved it and he's a bad person.
wasn't particularily respectful
see my point?
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 Yes, I do see your point. I think maybe your distaste should be aimed more at the commenters making these disrespectful comments rather than pinkbike, no? On that point I definitely agree with you.

I do appreciate that PB chose to run this though, as it is news that would be interesting to a large % of the PB population (Canadian, national news, a known cycling figure involved, etc).
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 Very sad story this. But my condolences go out to the Browns for their tragic loss of Sam
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 Good story. Hard to see such an inspirational rider go out in this way. Sam brought our sport to the edge it is now and we will always know that. R.I.P. Sam.
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 What a depressing story!! A man enjoying life gets a little to greedy, doesn't think through what major consequences he could pay, gets caught and kills himself. That makes me sad! Although he was asking to get caught and put away, my heart still goes out to the family. Screwed his life up.
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 sam was a good guy. rip man
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 watched this the other night. so sad to see something like this happen in the mountain bike world. dude was a killer rider for sure.
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 Never make one last run! Sad story.
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 wow.... sad to see this, he should have just dealt with the crime, its a shame he took his own life.
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 crazy thing is that i was living in spokane when all this was happening and didnt have a clue it was happening
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 Thank you for posting this. I messaged Radek last night with the link to see if he would.
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 you guys are heartless
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 I watched this on CBC last night, very sad story.
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 his segment in NWD was epic! this is very sad.
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 RIP Sam. I know you are looking down on those beauty sister's of yours.
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 good article, sad ending
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 RIP Sam Brown! you will be greatly missed in the freeride community!
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 gobsmacked by the documentary!
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 All over weed.... makes me want to quit plain and simple.
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 DEA tortured him to try and find out who he was working for he said nothing and they beat him to death trying to make him talk RIP sam
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 Did he passed his helicopter liscence or he was just good at it?
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 haha i was kinda thinking the same thing
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 he was not licensed
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 he was licenced, his mother is a good frend of my mother from when sam lived in new zealand as a kid, he had a great love for helicopters from watching them fly passed his house in south west land, it is sad for his love of choppers to be used for smugling.
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 oh i wasnt to sure thanks for the info
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 Too bad.My cousin was friends with him.
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 straight savage...everyones got their shit
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