A relative of NFL star Tyrann Mathieu allegedly attempted to extort him for $5 million, unsealed on Tuesday, according to federal court records.
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Mathieu, who is now playing for the Kansas City Chiefs after stints with Houston and Arizona, was allegedly blackmailed over private information, saying that if he wasn’t paid he would send private information to the TMZ gossip outlet.
In the criminal complaint, Geourvon Keinell Sears, 21, is described as “a family member and previously a close associate of Victim #1.” While the victim is unnamed in the criminal complaint— referred to only as a professional athlete with the initials “TM”— Mathieu’s lawyer, Denise White of EAG Sports, confirmed to Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC that Mathieu was the victim.
White said Mathieu was dealing with a “private and personal family issue,” and did not offer any further comments.
Tyrann Mathieu's lawyer releases a statement detailing how he was extorted by family members who said they would make false claims against him if he didn't pay them https://t.co/ZdTSbnjDjg
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“Mr. Mathieu contacted me at his rep, Denise White, to advise and assist him as malevolent family members victimized him, “said Mathieu’s lawyer, attorney Scott Rosenblum. “Once Mr. Mathieu decided to stop financially assisting these people, in their quest for financial gain, they turned to harassment, slander, and extortion.”
Some of Mathieu’s family members, having just signed a 3-year, $42 million contract, reportedly threatened slander and harassment to get as much as $25 million from the safety of the Chiefs.
The main perpetrator, Geourvon Sears, was arrested on Tuesday and released on bond, although multiple family members have been reported to be on the plan.
It’s really disappointing that during perhaps the best stretch of his career, one of the most talented defensive players in football is forced to suffer something like this. Hopefully, Mathieu and the authorities are going to work to ensure that something like this doesn’t have to happen again.