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Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 06/26/2012

Man arrested in RGIII alleged extortion attempt has colorful past

The last time Richard Hurd was in the public eye also involved a legal dispute, albeit in a much different setting. Hurd, the former Baylor basketball player who was arrested Friday following an alleged attempt to extort money from Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, appeared on the television show “Judge Judy” on Feb. 2, 2011.

In the episode, Hurd was seeking reimbursement from Baylor student Brooke Yancy for reimbursement of veterinary bills he incurred after finding her lost chihuahua. Judge Judy dismissed the case, ruling that Hurd incurred the expenses voluntarily by electing to take the dog to a vet rather than contacting Yancy, whom he had met four months earlier.

According to police documents, Hurd was arrested by an undercover FBI agent after trying to obtain a large sum of money from Griffin in exchange for what he claimed was “derogatory” information on the quarterback. It remains unknown what “derogatory” material Hurd had — or whether he had anything on the at all.

At the NFL’s rookie symposium Tuesday, Griffin said the incident is typical of the perils players are warned about. Griffin said, “There's vultures out there, people looking to climb on top of all your money.”

Griffin’s agent hasn’t responded to requests for more information. A Redskins spokeman said the team was declining to comment.

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