Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson admitted on Thursday to being the extortion target of a former stripper who was peddling nude photographs of him.
TheSmokingGun first reported that a former stripper named Alexis Adams and her associate, Marcus Shaw, tried to extort as much as $200,000 from Jackson in order to keep nude photographs private.
The 47-year-old, who is also a pastor at his Church, eventually went to the FBI about the scam. The two have been named in felony criminal complaints filed in Oakland. Jackson said in a statement that they made threats against his wife and demanded more money from his family.
The personal information in the extortion scheme related to a woman that I, mistakenly, had an extra-marital relationship with six years ago - prior to joining the Warriors - when I was a TV sports analyst, Jackson said in a statement. I made my wife aware of the relationship at that time, apologized to her and we reconciled. Obviously, my self-centered transgression at that time is not something I'm proud of, but I'm blessed to have an incredible wife, mother and partner and I thank the Lord for her each day.
I recognize the extremely poor judgment that I used both in having an affair six years ago - including the embarrassing communication I exhibited during that time - and in attempting to deal with the extortion scheme at first by myself. I made some egregious errors. I apologize for any embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends and, of course, the Warriors.
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The Warriors released a statement of their own saying that they do not condone Jackson's actions that led to the extortion attempt, but fully support Coach Jackson during this time and thank law enforcement authorities and the FBI for their prompt assistance in helping Coach Jackson and his family.