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Richard Hurd (Jail photo, courtesy KWTX)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Call me a newbie in the media industry, but has an NFL rookie ever made this much noise before taking a snap in the league? The thing is though, this is actual news, and not some Kim Kardashian bologna manufactured for web hits.
According to KWTX in Baylor, Richard Khamir Hurd was arrested Friday night by FBI agents in an attempt to extort Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Hurd, a former basketball player for the Bears, will have a hearing before a judge on Monday at 2 p.m. Nothing about the arrest has been made public yet.
We will have more details for you later as they emerge.
UPDATE: Monday 6/25: 2:27 p.m.
The Waco Tribune is reporting that an actual exchange of money between Hurd and Griffin III's manager Ben Dogra went down.
"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," states the affidavit.
According to records, a man appointed by "B.D." to represent the
agency and Hurd met at a Waco business on Friday, where Hurd "signed a
non-disclosure agreement, turned over his derogatory information and was
give a check representing the lump-sum payment."
An undercover FBI agent was also present at the meeting, state court documents.
Hurd was arrested shortly after the meeting, according to the affidavit.
The hearing is still scheduled today for 3 p.m. eastern time.
UPDATE II: Tuesday 6/26 11:36 a.m.
A source close to the investigation in Waco, Texas has informed me that Richard Hurd has waived his preliminary hearing.
Essentially what this means is that Hurd has bought himself time until a Grand Jury can gather further evidence to formally indict him. The source said the Grand Jury meets once a month. So expect this case to remain idle until sometime in July.
UPDATE III: Tuesday 6/26 3:29 p.m.
The Associated Press caught up with Griffin III during the Rookie Symposium in Ohio. Here's what he had to say.
"There's vultures out there, people looking to climb on top of all
your money," Griffin said Tuesday, taking a break from teaching football
skills to kids during a Play 60 event at the Browns' training facility.
"It's something I knew was coming," Griffin said, "and when you hear
those guys (former NFL players) talk about being careful and keep your
circle real small _ all those things come back to you when you hear
about stuff like this. You've got to be careful with who you trust."
"There's a fine line between guarding yourself and being guarded," he
said. "I think I do a pretty good job of guarding myself, even with
this situation. It's just something unfortunate that happened so I think
guys can learn. It's just something that everyone can learn from and
just move on."