Oakland, CA — The Mark Jackson “sextortion” suspect, Marcus Shaw, has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to trying to shake down the Golden State Warriors coach about a year ago.
Jackson, an ordained minister, admitted in 2012 to an affair six years earlier with Alexis Adams, a former stripper, who allegedly possessed nude photographs of the coach. The scandal surfaced after Adams and Shaw allegedly tried to blackmail or extort Coach Jackson over the images. “Jackson, 47, acknowledged a nearly yearlong affair with Adams during which the married father of four sent nude pictures of himself to Adams, investigators said. “
Jackson originally gave Shaw $5,000 in exchange for the comprising photos and a CD of voice-mail messages to make the problem go away. Jackson destroyed the incriminating material, but the duo later allegedly contacted the coach and his wife and demanded more money. Jackson then went to the FBI.
Shaw, 41, who previously served time for robbery, is expected to enter a guilty plea on March 21 in federal court in Oakland. He has been charged with extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion, both felonies. It’s entirely possible that he and his legal counsel reached a plea deal with the prosecution in exchange for a lighter sentence.
Alexis Adams, 29, who now operates a nail salon, is scheduled to go on trial in May on similar charges in the Mark Jackson sextortion case.
Mark Jackson played 17 years in the NBA as a point guard and was Rookie of the Year in 1988. After retiring, he worked as a TV basketball analyst on New Jersey Nets games and for ABC. He was named head coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2011.
At the the scandal went public, Mark Jackson released a statement that read in part:
“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.”
Marcus Shaw has also made known his regrets over the incident, according to his attorney: “Mr. Shaw is accepting responsibility for this unfortunate incident and expresses his remorse and apology to the individual involved.”
Mark Jackson, 47, may or may not have been set up right from the beginning. Apart from that, sparks sometimes fly between people when they are otherwise in committed (or semi-committed) relationships with others; it’s an undeniable part of the human condition. That being said, is sexting ever a good idea?