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RG3 target of extortion

Postby chiefhog44 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:05 pm

DALLAS -- A former Baylor basketball player is facing a federal extortion charge for allegedly threatening to release "derogatory information" about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III unless he was paid.

Richard Khamir Hurd, 25, was arraigned Monday in federal court in Waco. His bond was set at $25,000.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Griffin, the Baylor quarterback who was the No. 2 overall draft choice of the Washington Redskins, was the target of the alleged extortion attempt. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because authorities had not disclosed the fact.

Griffin was at an NFL rookie symposium Monday in Ohio, where players were not made available to reporters.

Court documents say that last week, Hurd contacted a representative from a St. Louis agency, threatening to publicize derogatory information about a client unless he was paid a "substantial sum" of money. The representative is identified in documents only by the initials B.D.

Griffin's agent is St. Louis-based Ben Dogra, who didn't respond to messages Monday. The documents don't name Griffin.

According to court documents, Hurd met at a Waco business Friday with someone who agreed to handle the transaction. After signing a non-disclosure agreement, handing over the information and receiving a check, Hurd was arrested by an undercover FBI agent, documents said.

Hurd's attorney did not return calls seeking comment.

Hurd's mother, Marlene Hurd, told The AP on Monday she'd heard that her son was in jail but wasn't aware of the details.

"Whatever it is, I pray by the grace of God that he's innocent," she said.

Griffin's Heisman Trophy, the first in the history of the world's largest Baptist university, came after he led the Bears to only their second 10-win season in 112 years. In his three-year career, Griffin set or tied 54 school records.

Washington traded three first-round picks and a second-rounder to the St. Louis Rams to move into the No. 2 slot to draft Griffin.

The past year also saw Baylor win the NCAA women's basketball championship with a 40-0 record and reach the round of 16 for the second time in three years in the men's tournament.

However, less than a week after the Lady Bears won the title, the NCAA put the Waco school on three years' probation after an investigation turned up hundreds of impermissible telephone calls and text messages sent to prep recruits by coaches and assistants on the two basketball teams.

Hurd played basketball at Baylor as a walk-on, from the 2004-05 season through the 2007-08 season, after a high school career at Heritage Christian Academy in Cleveland north of Houston, according to Baylor sports information. His brother, Lamar Hurd, also played at Heritage Christian and later at Oregon State.

The brothers helped Heritage Christian become one of the top private school programs in Texas, and the school's former coach, Jerome Tang, is now a Baylor assistant.

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Postby cowboykillerzRGiii » Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:49 am

Sooooooo.... What? Not sowhat? Btw
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Postby ACW » Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:20 am

I just wanna know what POSSIBLY he could've extorted RGIII with.

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Postby SouthLondonRedskin » Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:11 am

ACW wrote:I just wanna know what POSSIBLY he could've extorted RGIII with.


Don't tell anyone, but apparently he has a library book that's now five weeks overdue!!!

The Griffin family are doing their best to keep the media off this story as you can tell it will damage the boys reputation tremendously...

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Personally, I knew he had something to hide, at least we now know the level of person we're dealing with. Hopefully he wont do as much time as Vick did for his little indiscretion.
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Postby ATX_Skins » Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:55 am

Maybe he downloaded some music illegally?

Parked in a red zone?

Washed his whites and darks together???

It could be anything guys...
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Postby SouthLondonRedskin » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:07 am

ATX_Skins wrote:Maybe he downloaded some music illegally?

Parked in a red zone?

Washed his whites and darks together???

It could be anything guys...



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Postby Redskin in Canada » Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:09 am

ATX_Skins wrote:Maybe he downloaded some music illegally?

Parked in a red zone?

Washed his whites and darks together???

It could be anything guys...

It could be also a terribly damaging derogatory recorded statement against all African Americans who wear hair threads or curls ... :lol:

You know what? EXTORTION and even attempted EXTORTION is a serious crime. I hope they throw the whole mother ... book at the hoops guy. :twisted:
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Postby emoses14 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:07 am

Video proof of Jaywalking.
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Postby SouthLondonRedskin » Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:17 am

emoses14 wrote:Video proof of Jaywalking.


I just can't see him being that reckless.....
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Postby skinsfan#33 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:17 pm

emoses14 wrote:Video proof of Jaywalking.


That would just prove that he is in fact smart! Crossing in a crosswalk near an intersection is about the riskiest place you can cross a road. I jaywalk for safety concerns. Crossing a street where I only have to watch for traffic from one or two directions is much safer than having to worry about 4, 5, or 6 directions like you do at an intersection!

I'm glad to hear RG3 is smart enough to realize that.
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Postby HarleyHog » Tue Jun 26, 2012 1:23 pm

He cheated.
It wasn't RG3 making those plays, it was "the Poster" in disguise. (an im-poster, as it were). we've been bamboozled. the kid cant run, cant throw, cant be poised and comfortable in front of cameras. good thing we found out before the coach named him the starter. . . DOH!

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Postby markshark84 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:06 pm

ATX_Skins wrote:Maybe he downloaded some music illegally?

Parked in a red zone?

Washed his whites and darks together???

It could be anything guys...


Honestly, I am sure the accusations are pretty serious (regardless of what the news is saying) --- seeing how the guy wanted money.

RGIII, however, did what most innocent people do --- he disclosed the accuser and permitted his reps to set up an operation to catch the person (although the criminal was a real idiot: agreeing to a face to face meeting to hand over the information --- who does that --- what a dope). The fact that the information has not become public or widespread on the internet most likely means there is no evidence to substantiate the claims (although the non-disclosure Hurd signed directly before being arrested doesn't hurt).

Regardless, RGIII handled this the right way.
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Postby Red_One43 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:50 pm

Extortion attempts not uncommon in pro sports
Monday’s surprising revelation that a former Baylor basketball player allegedly traded disparaging information about former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III for money raises an obvious question: How often does stuff like this happen?

A source with knowledge of the Griffin case and other similar situations provides a surprising answer: More often that you realize.

Every pro athlete has a past, and not every pro athlete’s past is flattering. People who can get a pro athlete in trouble and/or diminish his marketability will from time to time seek cash in exchange for silence.

Most people don’t realize it’s illegal. In many cases, the player simply pays the money and moves on.

In some cases, the player’s representatives point out to the extortionist that what is being proposed is a crime, and the extortionist goes away. In a rare handful of cases, the player and/or his representatives alert the police.

That’s what happened in Griffin’s case, and it resulted in Richard Hurd (pictured) being caught red-handed. More athletes should respond to such situations the same way. However, that creates a very real risk that genuinely embarrassing information will makes its way into the public eye, accomplishing precisely what the extortionist threatened to do.

In Griffin’s case, the fact that the guy had nothing made it easy to call the cops. The fact that plenty of others who make these threats actually have something real and embarrassing makes it likely that plenty of athletes will keep paying the money and moving on.


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Postby Redskin in Canada » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:19 pm

Red_One43 wrote:Extortion attempts not uncommon in pro sports
Monday’s surprising revelation that a former Baylor basketball player allegedly traded disparaging information about former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III for money raises an obvious question: How often does stuff like this happen?

A source with knowledge of the Griffin case and other similar situations provides a surprising answer: More often that you realize.

Every pro athlete has a past, and not every pro athlete’s past is flattering. People who can get a pro athlete in trouble and/or diminish his marketability will from time to time seek cash in exchange for silence.

Most people don’t realize it’s illegal. In many cases, the player simply pays the money and moves on.

In some cases, the player’s representatives point out to the extortionist that what is being proposed is a crime, and the extortionist goes away. In a rare handful of cases, the player and/or his representatives alert the police.

That’s what happened in Griffin’s case, and it resulted in Richard Hurd (pictured) being caught red-handed. More athletes should respond to such situations the same way. However, that creates a very real risk that genuinely embarrassing information will makes its way into the public eye, accomplishing precisely what the extortionist threatened to do.

In Griffin’s case, the fact that the guy had nothing made it easy to call the cops. The fact that plenty of others who make these threats actually have something real and embarrassing makes it likely that plenty of athletes will keep paying the money and moving on.


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ANYBODY with a PUBLIC LIFE (sports, entertainment, politics) can be threatened at one time or another with a revelation in attempt to commit extortion.

Some people are vulnerable if they made mistakes in the past, others have the luxury to call the bluff and get the criminals in jail. I have known of extortion attempts to reveal compromising sex, money or power mistakes committed by individuals. The best answer is to call the bluff (and the cops like RG III did).
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Postby Red_One43 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:05 am

Looks like our extortionist has an interesting past.

The last time Richard Hurd was in the public eye also involved a legal dispute, albeit in a much different setting. Hurd, the former Baylor basketball player who was arrested Friday following an alleged attempt to extort money from Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, appeared on the television show “Judge Judy” on Feb. 2, 2011.

In the episode, Hurd was seeking reimbursement from Baylor student Brooke Yancy for reimbursement of veterinary bills he incurred after finding her lost chihuahua. Judge Judy dismissed the case, ruling that Hurd incurred the expenses voluntarily by electing to take the dog to a vet rather than contacting Yancy, whom he had met four months earlier.


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