Richard Hurd (Jail photo)
WACO (September 27, 2012)--Former Baylor basketball player Richard Khamir Hurd, 26, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to charges involving an attempt to blackmail Baylor Heisman Trophy winner and Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
He pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion in a plea deal.
Formal sentencing is Nov. 21.
Hurd faces as much as five years in prison, probation, and could be fined as much as $500,000.
Hurd was arrested in June in connection with the alleged attempt to extort "a substantial sum of money" from the Baylor Heisman Trophy winner.
He waived a preliminary hearing in magistrate's court and a hearing before a grand jury.
An affidavit submitted for the arrest warrant says on June 18, Hurd contacted a representative of an agency in St. Louis who is identified only as "B.D."
In January, Griffin selected Ben Dogra of CAA Sports as his agent, but the affidavit doesn't refer to Dogra by name.
The affidavit also doesn't identify Griffin as the target of the extortion, but authorities confirmed that he was.
Griffin was identified in federal court Wednesday as the target of the extortion.
The affidavit said Hurd told B.D. "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."
The agency, its attorney and B.D. agreed to pretend to go along with the demand, reached terms on an amount, and arranged to turn over the money to Hurd at a local business where the former player was given a check, the affidavit said.
An undercover FBI agent was present and arrested Hurd a short time after the transaction.
Hurd's bond was set at $25,000, but he was later released from jail without posting that amount.
Hurd was a walk-on at Baylor in 2004 and played there for four years.
Griffin, who passed on a final year of eligibility at Baylor to enter the NFL draft, was the No. 2 overall draft choice of the Washington Redskins.