Man pleads guilty to extorting Redskins QB Robert Griffin III
Richard Hurd threatened to publicize damaging information about Heisman winner
WACO, Texas - A former Baylor basketball player has pled guilty to threatening to release damaging information about Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III unless he was paid $1 million.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said Richard Khamir Hurd, 26, pled guilty Thursday in federal court in Waco.
Hurd pled guilty to interstate communication of a threat to injure the reputation of another person and receiving extortion money.
Prosecutors said between June 14, 2012 and June 22, 2012, Hurd contacted one of Griffin's agents demanding $1,000,000 or else he would release information to the media which he claimed would be severely damaging to the reputation of Griffin, who won the Heisman Trophy at Baylor.
According to court documents, during negotiations with Griffin’s agent, Hurd agreed to accept a lesser sum of $120,000 in exchange for the information and signing a “non-disclosure” agreement.
On June 22, 2012, Hurd appeared in a Waco law office where he signed the “non-disclosure” agreement and collected a check for $120,000.
Afterwards, FBI agents arrested Hurd.
Hurd, who is currently on bond, faces up to two years and three years in federal prison, respectively, for interstate communication of a threat and receipt of extortion proceeds.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 21.
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