Man sentenced for trying to extort RGIII

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A former Baylor University basketball player was sentenced Wednesday for attempting to extort money from Washington Redskins star Robert Griffin III.

Prosecutors said Richard Hurd, 26, tried to extort $1 million from the rookie quarterback by threatening to release damaging information about Griffin. It's unclear what that information was.

Hurd was sentenced to 18 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Walter Smith in Waco, Texas, and must pay a $1,000 fine, according to the Associated Press.

Hurd pleaded guilty to the scam in September after Griffin's agent contacted authorities about Hurd's threat.

Griffin, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, will be in Texas on Thursday to play the Dallas Cowboys.

- Ben Giles

bgiles@washingtonexaminer.com

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