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Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 06/25/2012

Robert Griffin III is alleged target of extortion plot

A former Baylor University basketball player was arrested Friday for allegedly trying to extort money from Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Richard Khamir Hurd contacted Griffin’s representatives on June 18 in the hope of receiving a sum of money in exchange for what court documents describe as “derogatory information,” according to the documents and the Waco Tribune.

Waco’s KWTX-TV first reported the news. KWTX also reported that Hurd was released on $25,000 bond at noon Monday.

Griffin isn’t identified by name in the documents on file in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, and neither is his agent, Ben Dogra. But sources told the Waco Tribune that Griffin was the target of the scheme.

According to the court documents, “Hurd communicated that 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.”

According to the court records, a representative of Dogra’s met Hurd in Waco Friday, and Hurd “signed a non-disclosure agreement, turned over his derogatory information and was given a check representing the lump-sum payment.” An undercover FBI agent, who was there when the transacton occurred, arrested Hurd shortly after the meeting, according to the court documents.

Redskins officials declined comment and members of Dogra’s agency did not respond to messages left for them. An FBI spokesman in San Antonio declined to comment on the case.

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