Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson finds himself in a bit of a situation. Jackson, who was involved in a romantic relationship with a former stripper, sent private and sexual photographs and phone messages to the 28-year-old Alexis Adams six years ago. Now she and her associate Marcus Shaw are trying to offer up an asking price of $200,000 from Jackson so that the photos and recording don’t go public.
The two asking for the six-figure price from Jackson have been identified in “felony criminal complaints filed under seal in U.S. District Court in Oakland California.” A business associate of Jackson confirmed that the coach was indeed the player involved in the FBI investigation. He also noted that his family and people within the Warriors organization were aware of the investigation and allegations. He is married and has four children.
Adams and Shaw were reportedly arrested on June 25 for their involving in the extortion crime. The Warriors were informed of this business sometime in late April. In early April while on a road trip to Memphis to play the Grizzlies, Jackson was approached by a man who asked for $200,000 or he would sell the photos of Jackson to a tabloid. Jackson paid him, and later on deeply regretted the decision, saying,
Regrettably, I paid him. In retrospect, I understand that this was a terrible lapse in judgment and a course of action I would not recommend to anyone.
The extortionist yet again struck two weeks later through e-mail and by phoning his wife, making threats and demanding more money than what Jackson had already paid. Jackson said that he told his wife shortly after he had the extra-marital affair, and that they had both reconciled since. Now they are just trying to settle this extortion scheme once and for all.
We will keep you updated on any new information concerning Jackson and the investigation.