FBI arrests two in Jackson extortion attempt. The FBI has arrested an ex-stripper who was trying to extort money from Mark Jackson
Oakland, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested an ex-stripper who was trying to extort money from Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson.
Ex-stripper Alexis Adams, 28, was arrested along with co-conspirator Marcus Shaw and both were criminally charged before the U.S. District Court in Oakland. Adams posted $25,000 bail, but Shaw remains in prison due to his status as a convicted felon.
According to authorities, Jackson had an affair with Adams six years ago when he was an announcer for the New Jersey Nets while she was a dancer at a gentleman’s club in New York.
Adams allegedly demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars from Jackson in exchange for keeping the coach’s nude photographs from the “vultures of the media.”
Jackson, who is married for 22 years to Desiree Coleman, and the Warriors approached the FBI to help arrest Adams.
“Although not condoning his previous actions that led to the extortion attempt, the Warriors fully support Coach Jackson during this time and thank law enforcement authorities and the FBI for their prompt assistance in helping Coach Jackson and his family,” the Warriors said in a statement.
“I recognize the extremely poor judgment that I used both in having an affair six years ago — including the embarrassing communication I exhibited during that time — and in attempting to deal with the extortion scheme at first by myself,” Jackson said in the statement.
“I made some egregious errors. I apologize for any embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends and, of course, the Warriors,” he added.
Jackson said a man approached him April 3 at the team hotel in Memphis and demanded a substantial sum of money or he’d sell personal information to a tabloid, obviously referring to the coach’s nude photos.
After paying, Jackson said the man e-mailed him two weeks later and called his wife asking for more money. Jackson later informed the team about the situation and the Warriors immediately contacted the FBI.
Jackson said he admitted the affair to his wife years ago and the two reconciled. Jackson is also an ordained minister and leads a non-denominational congregation with his wife in Van Nuys.
Jackson led the Warriors to a 23-43 record in his first season as head coach.