Robert Griffin III calls busted blackmailer a “vulture.”
Yesterday in our NFL Daily Digest, we discussed the unfortunate situation that landed at the doorstep of Redskins QB Robert Griffin III.
Griffin was the apparent target of a blackmail attempt by a former Baylor athlete named Richard Hurd that contacted his agent and demanded a “substantial” amount of money in exchange for “derogatory “information on RG3.
Both RG3 and Hurd were athletes for the Baylor program.
Hurd was arrested last Friday after an FBI agent observed Hurd trying to exchange the information for a check.
At a NFL Play 60 event today Griffin would not comment directly on Hurd but he did send a loud and clear message.
“There’s a fine line between guarding yourself and being guarded,” he said. “I think I do a pretty good job of guarding myself, even with this situation. It’s just something unfortunate that happened so I think guys can learn. It’s just something that everyone can learn from and just move on.”
“There’s vultures out there, people looking to climb on top of all your money,” Griffin said.
“It’s something I knew was coming,” Griffin said, “and when you hear those guys [ex- NFL players] talk about being careful and keep your circle real small — all those things come back to you when you hear about stuff like this. You’ve got to be careful with who you trust.”
According to those with knowledge the alleged information is not damaging to Griffin in any way, so the question becomes why would Hurd be so stupid to try and pull something like this off?
It sounds like he had proof that Griffin cheated during a game of Scrabble.