A former Baylor basketball player is facing a federal extortion charge for allegedly threatening to release "derogatory information" about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III unless he was paid.
Richard Khamir Hurd, 25, a walk-on who played at Baylor from 2004-08, was arraigned Monday in federal court in Waco. Bond was set at $25,000.
A person familiar with the situation said that Griffin, the Baylor quarterback who was the No. 2 overall draft pick of the Washington Redskins, was the target of the alleged extortion attempt.
Court documents say that last week, Hurd contacted a representative from a St. Louis agency, threatening to publicize derogatory information about a client unless he was paid a "substantial sum" of money. The representative is identified in documents by the initials B.D.
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Griffin's agent is St. Louis-based Ben Dogra.
According to court documents, Hurd met at a Waco business Friday with someone who agreed to handle the transaction. After signing a non-disclosure agreement, handing over the information and receiving a check, Hurd was arrested by an undercover FBI agent.