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Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson target of extortion attempt

Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson reacts from the bench during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., on March 25, 2012. Jackson has confirmed that he and his family were the targets of an extortion scheme. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - Don Ryan
June 28, 2012 - 3:14 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. - Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson has confirmed that he and his family were the targets of an extortion scheme.

The Smoking Gun reported that a 28-year-old former stripper possessed nude photographs of the married Warriors coach and wanted money to keep the photos from becoming public. The team confirmed two suspects were arrested earlier this week.

The Warriors said in a statement Wednesday that Jackson informed the organization of the extortion plot in April and that the team immediately contacted the FBI. The Warriors say that "although not condoning his previous actions that led to the extortion attempt, the Warriors fully support Coach Jackson during this time."

Jackson was hired last year. He is also an ordained minister, leading a congregation with his wife in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys.

News from © The Associated Press, 2012
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