The claim that a former Baylor basketball player has been charged with extorting Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has sparked plenty of speculation and intrigue and curiosity over what Griffin specifically was being extorted with.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it was ultimately nothing illegal or scandalous or problematic in any way for Griffin, if the supposedly derogatory information had been released. That said, the specific nature and content of the derogatory information isn’t known yet — and it may never be.
Whatever it is, Richard Hurd allegedly handed it over to a Griffin representative on Friday, because that’s how the authorities caught Hurd.
“Hurd communicated that he had derogatory information on a client of B.D., and that he intended to release that information to the media to damage or injure the reputation of B.D.’s client unless the client paid Hurd a substantial sum of money,” states an affidavit that was unsealed during Hurd’s arraignment on Monday, via the Waco Tribune.
The manager known as B.D. is believed to be Griffin’s agent, Ben Dogra. B.D. was contacted on Monday, June 18. B.D. then met with Hurd in Waco, Texas on Friday, June 22. At that point, Hurd “signed a non-disclosure agreement, turned over his derogatory information and was give[n] a check representing the lump-sum payment.”
The only problem for Hurd? An undercover police agent also was present at the meeting. After Hurd signed the non-disclosure agreement, more than enough evidence had been captured to overcome even the Chewbacca defense.
Bond for Hurd has been set at $25,000. It’s safe to say that he won’t be posting bond based on the proceeds of the check he received.