By: A.J. Niles
The day before Robert Griffin III led his team to a 38-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in “Jerryworld”, he earned a quiet victory in the courtroom. A former basketball player from Robert’s Alma Mater Baylor University received a sentence in a Texas Courtroom of 18 months for attempting to extort him for $ 1million.
The Associated Press reports:
U.S. District Judge Walter Smith also ordered Richard Hurd, 26, to pay a $1,000 fine for threatening to release damaging information about Griffin last June. Hurd could have been sentenced to as many as three years behind bars after pleading guilty in September to two charges relating to the scam – threatening to injure the reputation of another person and receiving the proceeds of extortion.
‘I messed up, and I’d like to apologize to my family,” Hurd said during a brief hearing. “I’ve embarrassed myself and them as well.’
According to federal authorities, Hurd contacted Griffin’s agent and said he wanted $1 million. Otherwise, he would provide the media with information that would damage the former Baylor star’s reputation.
During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Griffin referred to Hurd as his fiancee’s ex-boyfriend, noting that anyone who gains fame and money can be vulnerable.
“People do things like that when they’re angry at you or for whatever reason,” Griffin said. “For me, it’s extremely unfortunate, and you’ve just got to move on from it. It’s not anything I’m afraid of. It’s just sad.”
It is rumored that Hurd had naked photos and possibly even other photos that would possibly cast the star Quarterback in a very negative light.
The Washington Redskins current record is 5-6 and some sports pundits are not only considering him the clear favorite for this season’s NFL Rookie of the Year award, some are even placing him in the running for the MVP award.