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Ex-Knicks Great Mark Jackson Confirms That He And His Family Were Targets Of Extortion

Mark Jackson (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mark Jackson (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. (WFAN/AP) — Golden State Warriors coach and ex-New York Knicks star Mark Jackson has confirmed that he and his family were the targets of an extortion scheme.

The Smoking Gun, a website owned by TruTV, 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 that two suspects were arrested earlier this week.

The Warriors said in a statement on Wednesday that Jackson informed the organization of the extortion plot in April, and that the team immediately contacted the FBI. The Warriors said 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.

Jackson played with the Knicks from 1987 -1992, and then again briefly in 2001 and 2002. He won the Rookie of the Year Award for New York in 1988 and was an All-Star in 1989.

Not a good situation for the former Knicks superstar, to say the least. Sound off with your thoughts and comments below…

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