Quick, someone scour the talk radio archives to find Mark Jackson's thoughts on the time Greg Oden snapped naked pictures of himself that were leaked across the Internet. Because it would be interesting to hear his thoughts now that we know that the Golden State Warriors coach and former ABC/ESPN talker-on-TV took lascivious photos of his junk and passed them on to a woman he was having a dalliance with some six years ago. Never do that, guys.
To a relatively small extent, never do that. Because what you really, really shouldn't do is attempt to use those pictures to blackmail someone in order to extort money from them. Because, as Alexis Adams and co-blackmailer Marcus Shaw just found out, they have laws for that. Federal laws that rightfully put you into a lot of trouble if you decide to turn a legal, consensual and years-old relationship into an illegal money-making scheme. From The Smoking Gun:
Adams, 28, and Shaw, 40, have been named in felony criminal complaints filed under seal in U.S. District Court in Oakland, California. The duo, whose relationship is unclear, is accused of trying to extort a six-figure payment from Jackson in return for them not disseminating/selling the explicit photos to the "vultures of the media."
While the complaints refer only to the extortion victim as "V1"--a man the FBI describes as a "prominent member of the public who now works in Oakland, California"--a TSG source familiar with the federal investigation identified the 47-year-old Jackson as the shakedown subject.
We've had our fun with Jackson over the years, and it's true that he was married when this relationship occurred, but let's also remember that he was the victim in this case. Just as Adams doesn't deserve any sort of scorn for legally working as a dancer in a gentleman's club, as was her profession when Jackson met her, Jackson certainly shouldn't be on trial for straying outside his marriage or sending pictures of his Gentleman's Vegetables to a consensual Gentleman's Vegetables Receiver over the phone.
Adams and Shaw are the alleged crims, here. What's less clear is how one of the alleged co-conspirators made his way to the evidence behind Jackson's relationship with Adams.
In the document that The Smoking Gun uncovered, Shaw claims that he found the pictures and a CD's worth of voicemails from Jackson after he purchased the contents of a storage locker in Atlanta, where Adams used to live. Shaw apparently introduced himself to Jackson in early April, when Jackson's Warriors were in Memphis to play the Grizzlies, at the team's hotel. After showing the Warriors coach a folder containing the photos and CDs, Jackson gave Shaw $5,000 as payment to hand the folder over, money Shaw claims he wanted for a dental procedure and to reacquire his car from an impound lot.
And, as it is with most extortion plots, that wasn't enough for the blackmailers.
With negotiating prices reaching as high as $200,000, Shaw continued to haggle with Jackson over the coming weeks, with Jackson claiming that he'd pay anything to keep news of his missteps out of the hands of the "vultures of the media." And, with most extortion attempts that need the FBI to step in, that's exactly where this case ended up.
Claiming to be in the "reputation management business," Shaw described the photos--some of which were attached to the e-mail--as "shocking" and assured [Jackson's wife Desiree] Coleman that, "I am not deliberately trying to hurt you, however this is business, nothing personal." The e-mail to Coleman came from a newly created Gmail account that FBI agents traced via an IP address to Shaw's Internet service account.
The Gmail account--tencommandment7@ gmail.com--seemed to be a jab at Jackson for committing adultery. Additionally, the account's profile picture, the FBI reported, "was a photograph of V1 that he had sent to Adams during their affair."
Though Adams' role in all this isn't as well established — the FBI was able to acquire records from Shaw's phone, email, and Internet records — via text it appears she was compliant enough in the shakedown to be termed a "co-conspirator" by the FBI.
Adams, who currently runs a day spa in Atlanta, is out on bail. Shaw, a convicted felon, remains behind bars awaiting the extortion trial.
Jackson, on Thursday, released a statement:
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 each day.
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 Warriors.
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.
I was wrong. We must live Holy.
Seems enough for us to move on.
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