An extramarital affair with a New York City stripper six years ago came back to haunt Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who says his family was targeted last month in an extortion plot.
Jackson, a married father who is a co-pastor at a Southern California church, publicly apologized for the affair Thursday after news reports emerged that the FBI had arrested the former stripper and an alleged co-conspirator Monday.
Alexis Adams, 28, and ex-con Marcus Shaw, 40, demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars from Jackson in order to keep nude photos of the former player under wraps, reported The Smoking Gun website, which posted a felony criminal complaint about the case.
At the time of the affair, which reportedly lasted less than a year, Jackson said he admitted to his wife of 22 years what had happened and they reconciled.
“At that time in my life, I was not pastoring,” Jackson said in a statement released Thursday.
The affair ended badly, according to court documents, when Adams became enraged that Jackson would not leave his wife. She then called Jackson’s wife, told her about the affair and sent her pictures as proof. Those pictures have not been released to the public.
On April 3, when the Warriors were in Memphis, Tenn., playing the Grizzlies, a man approached Jackson at the team’s hotel demanding cash. After being shown “comprising pictures” and a CD with voicemail recordings, court documents said, Jackson forked over $5,000.
That apparently wasn’t enough. An email was sent to Jackson’s wife two weeks later demanding more cash — sent from the address firstname.lastname@example.org, apparently in reference to the Seventh Commandment, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
Jackson, who said initially giving in to the extortion was “a terrible lapse in judgment,” called the FBI and an investigation was launched.
“At that point, I informed the Warriors about the situation and asked for their guidance,” Jackson said.
Investigators traced the email account to Shaw, the FBI affidavit said. Adams was allegedly linked to the plot partly through text message correspondence with Shaw.
The team, which released Jackson’s statement, is supporting the coach.
“Although not condoning his previous actions that led to the extortion attempt, the Warriors fully support Coach Jackson during this time,” the team said Thursday.
Jackson said he was a TV sports analyst at the time of the affair. He and his wife started their ministry three years ago.
“What goes on in the dark,” he said, quoting the Bible, “will come out in the light.”