A former Baylor basketball player who tried to extort $1 million from Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison and fined $1,000, according to Tommy Witherspoon of The Waco Tribune.
Richard Khamir Hurd, 26, who pleaded guilty in September to threatening to injure the reputation of another person and receiving the proceeds of extortion, had reportedly contacted Griffin’s agent with the message that he would release information about Griffin’s relationship with his fiancée that Hurd claimed would hurt the Heisman’s Trophy award winner’s reputation:
Hurd is the former boyfriend of Griffin’s fiancee, according to court records. Dogra contacted the FBI, which started an investigation to expose Hurd’s extortion attempt. Hurd later agreed to accept $120,000.
According to a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Griffin said he felt bad for Hurd, who apologized during a hearing and said he embarrassed himself and his family. Griffin said he was never afraid of Hurd and felt that the whole situation was “just sad,” adding that Hurd was obviously angry at him:
“People do things like that when they’re angry at you or for whatever reason. 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.”