BEREA, Ohio (June 25, 2012)--Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III says the arrest of former Baylor basketball player Richard Khamir Hurd, 25, in an alleged extortion attempt is a good lesson both for himself and other NFL rookies.
Hurd was released from the McLennan County Jail Monday after an initial appearance in federal magistrate’s court following his arrest in connection with the alleged attempt to extort “a substantial sum of money” from the Baylor Heisman Trophy winner.
Griffin, who’s participating in a youth clinic this week as part of the league's rookie symposium, would not comment directly on the arrest, but said his situation reinforces the stories rookies are hearing from former players during their four-day orientation program on problems they may face as professionals.
“There's vultures out there, people looking to climb on top of all your money,” Griffin said.
Hurd waived a preliminary hearing in magistrate’s court, which means the next step in the case is for prosecutors to present evidence to a federal grand jury.
Court officials wouldn’t say Tuesday when the next grand jury meeting is scheduled.
If he is indicted, his next hearing will be an arraignment in magistrate's court from where the case would be moved to U.S. District Court.
FBI agents arrested Hurd Friday night in Waco.
He’s charged with interstate communication containing a threat to injure the property or reputation of another person.
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.
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 affidavit doesn’t disclose and authorities aren’t saying what the supposedly damaging information involved.
Hurd set an initial deadline of 1 p.m. on June 18, but later extended it.
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 Friday 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 released from jail at noon Monday without posting the 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.