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article imageNBA: Mark Jackson extorted by stripper

By Layne Weiss     Jun 28, 2012 in Sports
Former NBA star and current Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Thursday that he and his family were targets of an extortion plot related to an affair he had six years ago, ESPN reports.
The Smoking Gun reported Thursday morning that 28 year old stripper, Alexis Adams, had nude photos from Jackson and told him he had to give her money or she would make the photos public.
Adams and her alleged co-conspirator, 40-year old Marcus Shaw were named in felony criminal complaints for their roles in an extortion scheme, ESPN reports. Court documents don't identify Jackson as the victim, but The Smoking Gun wrote it was him.
Adams was released from jail on $25,000 bail, but Shaw remains there because of an aggravated robbery charge on his record.
The Warriors said in a statement that Jackson informed them of the extortion plot back in April, and that they immediately contacted the FBI, USA Today reports. The Warriors organization said that while they "don't condone" the actions that led Jackson into this situation, they will "fully support him" through this ordeal.
According to ESPN, Jackson said the affair happened when he was still a broadcaster for ESPN/ABC.
He said that on April 3, a man approached him at the Warriors hotel in Memphis. The team was set to play the Memphis Grizzlies the following evening.The man, who Jackson later identified as Marcus Shaw, showed Jackson a folder with compromising photos and a CD with voicemail recordings that Jackson had left for Alexis Adams during their affair, The Smoking Gun reports.
Jackson paid Shaw and said it was a "terrible lapse in judgment," ESPN reports.
Two weeks later, Shaw emailed Jackson, and then called Jackson's wife to ask her for more money. That is when Jackson decided to tell the team about his situation.
"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 by myself," Jackson said according to The Associated Press. "I made egregious errors. I apologize for any embarrassment I have caused my family, friends, and of course, the Warriors."
Jackson also said he told his wife, singer Desiree Coleman, about the affair years ago, and they have reconciled. Three years ago, Jackson and Coleman established a ministry called the "True Love" worship center in Van Nuys, California, the SF Chronicle reports.
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