Mark Jackson Target of Extortion Plot Involving Ex-Stripper

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Golden State Warriors heach coach Mark Jackson stands on the side of the court during their game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena on February 20, 2012 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson was involved in an FBI investigation that surrounded an extortion attempt by an ex-stripper.

The report claims that the former NBA player was involved in an extramarital affair with the dancer and that she tried to force Jackson to pay in order for the relationship not to become public.

The original details of the investigation were brought to light by TheSmokingGun.com:

The shakedown scheme, which was foiled by the FBI with Jackson’s cooperation, resulted this week in the arrest of Alexis Adams, the former dancer, and her alleged co-conspirator, ex-convict Marcus Shaw. Adams, 28, and Shaw, 40, have been named in felony criminal complaints filed under seal in U.S. District Court in Oakland, California. The duo, whose relationship is unclear, is accused of trying to extort a six-figure payment from Jackson in return for them not disseminating/selling the explicit photos to the “vultures of the media.”

After helping the FBI catch the perpetrators of this extortion scheme, Jackson has come out to publicly take ownership of his mistake. The husband, father and pastor has admitted that he was wrong and has taken full responsibility for his actions.

CBS NBA insider Ken Berger reported, via Twitter, about the team confirming the story and Jackson’s comments confirming it:

Warriors confirm coach Mark Jackson was the victim of an extortion scheme. Jackson issues statement apologizing for extramarital affair.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 28, 2012

Jackson, a married minister and father of four, says at time of affair he was not pastoring. "I made some egregious errors," Jackson said.

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 28, 2012

Jackson apologized to his family, friends, the Warriors and church, quoting Bible: "What goes on in the dark will come out in the light."

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 28, 2012

 

What It Means

While many organizations would cut ties with a coach for something like this, Jackson has been a central part of the Warriors' growth over the last year. There is no doubting that he made clear mistakes, but that is something he has to work out with the people in his personal life.

As far as the team goes, Jackson should hope to find solace in the Warriors organization to help him through this tough time.

 

What’s Next?

Jackson may not have done anything legally wrong, but the damage he has done to his reputation by being a pastor that cheats on his wife is a stigma he will have a hard time living down.

While it will be tough for many people to forgive the former NBA star, there is little doubt that he will get the second chance he deserves.

The hope now is that he learns from his mistakes.

 

 

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