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Redskins QB Robert Griffin III target of extortion

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December 10, 2011: Baylor University quarterback Robert Griffin III, holds the Heisman Trophy during a news conference after winning the award in New York.Reuters

A former Baylor basketball player is facing federal extortion charges for allegedly threatening to release "derogatory information" about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

Richard Khamir Hurd's bond was set at $25,000 after his first appearance Monday in federal court in Waco, Texas.

A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Griffin, the Baylor quarterback who was the No. 2 overall draft choice of the Washington Redskins, was the target of the alleged extortion attempt. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because authorities had not disclosed the detail.

Court documents say Hurd contacted a representative from a St. Louis agency, threatening to publicize derogatory information about one of his clients unless he was paid a "substantial sum" of money. The representative is identified by the initials B.D.

Griffin's agent is St. Louis-based Ben Dogra, who didn't respond to messages Monday. The documents don't name Griffin.