Kansas City Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu victim of alleged $5 million extortion attempt

Tanya Simon
May 23, 2019

A spokesperson for Mathieu said the issue involving Sears, whom the spokesman said was undergoing a "mental health crisis", was a "private and personal family matter".

Sears is alleged to have told Mathieu's friends that if the money was not paid, he would "kill you all". Things intensified as Sears made a number of threats. "In another text to Mathieu, he allegedly upped the demand and said, "$5 million by Friday, I'm done talking, emailing TMZ now". Mathieu refused and blocked Sears from being able to contact him by phone.

Mathieu is not directly identified in the court documents, but Denise White of EAG Sports, who represents Mathieu, told KMBC 9 in Kansas City that references to "TM" in the filing are to the Chiefs safety.

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As of Tuesday, Sears was out on bond. "They are getting through".

The 27-year-old is entering his first season with the Kansas City Chiefs after previously playing with the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans. Sears will be back in court on June 21st and if he's convicted, he could face up to 20 years in jail.

Mathieu was drafted in the third round due to concerns about his behavior, but quickly became one of the best safeties in the league paired with his former college teammate Patrick Peterson. The six-year National Football League veteran and one-time All-Pro previously played for the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans. Mathieu signed a three-year, $42 million deal with the Chiefs this offseason.

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