The following statement was released today by Golden State Warriors Head Coach Mark Jackson:
My family and I were the victims of an extortion scheme.
The scheme began on April 3, 2012, when the Warriors were in Memphis to play the Grizzlies. A man approached me at
the team hotel with personal information which he threatened to sell to a tabloid. At the time, he demanded a substantial
sum of money. Regrettably, I paid him. In retrospect, I understand that this was a terrible lapse in judgment and a course
of action I would not recommend to anyone.
Following the encounter in Memphis – a little over two weeks later – the extortionist sent an e-mail and phoned my wife,
Desiree, making threats and demanding additional money. At that point, I informed the Warriors about the situation and
asked for their guidance. We immediately notified the FBI, which promptly began an investigation.
The personal information in the extortion scheme related to a woman that I, mistakenly, had an extra-marital relationship
with six years ago – prior to joining the Warriors – when I was a TV sports analyst. I made my wife aware of the
relationship at that time, apologized to her and we reconciled. Obviously, my self-centered transgression at that time is
not something I’m proud of, but I’m blessed to have an incredible wife, mother and partner and I thank the Lord for her
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. I
made some egregious errors. I apologize for any embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends and, of course, the
At that time in my life, I was not pastoring. Three years ago, my wife and I established a ministry. With deepest regret, I
want to apologize to my Church Family.
*Matt 24:17: What goes on in the dark will come out in the light.
I was wrong. We must live Holy.
I’d like to thank everyone – my wife, my family, the entire Warriors organization and the FBI – for their support and
assistance during this time as law enforcement officials try to bring the extortion suspects to justice.
As this is an ongoing legal matter involving the FBI, I cannot comment further at this time.