“Hand down, man down.”
Say it isn’t so, Mark. According to The Smoking Gun, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson was the target of a recent extortion plot.
Former NBA star–and current Golden State Warriors head coach–Mark Jackson was the target of a recent extortion plot allegedly hatched by an ex-stripper with whom he carried on an extramarital affair and shared photos of his genitalia, The Smoking Gun has learned.
The shakedown scheme, which was foiled by the FBI with Jackson’s cooperation, resulted this week in the arrest of Alexis Adams, the former dancer, and her alleged coconspirator, ex-convict Marcus Shaw.
Adams, 28, and Shaw, 40, have been named in felony criminal complaints filed under seal in U.S. District Court in Oakland, California. The duo, whose relationship is unclear, is accused of trying to extort a six-figure payment from Jackson in return for them not disseminating/selling the explicit photos to the “vultures of the media.”
The man — who Jackson later identified as Shaw — showed the NBA coach a “folder containing some of the compromising photos” and a CD that he said contained “recordings of voice mail messages” that Jackson “left for Adams during their affair.”
When Jackson asked what he sought for the photos and recordings, Shaw replied, “I want to be made whole.” Shaw, who claimed to have found the compromising material in a storage locker he had purchased for $3500, said he wanted money to fix his teeth and get his car out of an impound lot.
Jackson eventually gave Shaw $5000. The Warriors’ coach contacted the authorities after the extortionists contacted his wife. Jackson offered up to $200,000 to get the photos back, says The Big Lead.
We’ve seen coaches lose their jobs for things like this. It will be interesting to see what comes of this.