WACO, Texas (CBSDC/AP) — A former Baylor basketball player faces up to three years in prison at sentencing for trying to extort $1 million from Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Richard Hurd, who is an ex-boyfriend of Griffin’s fiancée, is to appear before U.S. District Judge Walter Smith in Waco on Wednesday to be sentenced for threatening to release damaging information about the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner.
Hurd pleaded guilty in September to threatening to injure the reputation of another person and receiving the proceeds of extortion.
Federal authorities arrested Hurd after he contacted the former Baylor star’s agent and agreed to take $120,000 for the information, which has never been detailed.
Griffin called the situation ‘unfortunate’ while speaking with Dallas area reporters on Tuesday.
“People do things like that when they’re angry at you, or for whatever reason it is,” said Griffin. “To me, it’s just extremely unfortunate and you just got to move on from it. That’s what I’ve done, I’ve moved on from it. It’s not anything that I’m afraid of. It’s just sad.”
Griffin was the second player selected in the 2012 NFL draft. He’ll return to Texas when the Redskins face the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas’ annual Thanksgiving game.
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