A distant relative of Tyrann Mathieu is accused of attempting to extort millions from the NFL star by threatening to go to media with sexual assault accusations and telling his family members that he would kill them, WDSU in New Orleans reports.
The NBC affiliate obtained records from federal investigators stating that Geourvon Sears of New Orleans is out on bond after allegedly sending Mathieu multiple threatening texts and phone calls demanding a range from $1.5 to $5 million.
According to a federal affidavit obtained by WDSU, Sears called Mathieu on April 20 demanding “$1.5 million deposited into his account.”
Sears backed up his demands with threats to tell media that Mathieu had committed sexual assault, according to documents.
‘Done talking, emailing TMZ now’
He later texted Mathieu with a demand of “$5 million by Friday, I’m done talking, emailing TMZ now,” according to records.
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, left, and general manager Brett Veach, right, introduce safety Tyrann Mathieu in the Stram Theater in Kansas City, Mo., on March 14, 2019. The Chiefs signed Mathieu to a three-year deal reportedly worth $42 million. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
Houston Texans free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates strong safety Justin Reid's interception and touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Tyrann Mathieu, safety de los Texans de Houston, festeja con sus compañeros luego que el equipo recuperó un balón suelto en el duelo ante los Browns de Cleveland, el domingo 2 de diciembre de 2018 (AP Foto/Eric Christian Smith)
Houston Texans free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) breaks ups pass intended for Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Houston Texans free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) in action against the Washington Redskins in an NFL game, Sunday, November 18, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Daniel Kucin Jr.)
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2018, file photo, Houston Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles. Mathieu returned to Arizona this week to open a technology zone at a Boys & Girls Club in Phoenix. Mathieu was drafted by the Cardinals and spent his first five years in Arizona before signing with the Texans this offseason. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)
Safety Tyrann Mathieu of the Arizona Cardinals smiles during a press conference ahead of an NFL training session at the London Irish rugby team training ground in the Sunbury-on-Thames, suburb of south west London, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. The Arizona Cardinals are preparing for an NFL regular season game against the Los Angeles Rams in London on Sunday. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Tyrann Mathieu sits on the sideline as he waits his turn on the field during NFL football training camp Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates his interception against the Chicago Bears during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)
Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu warms up prior to the team's NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Mathieu’s family took threat seriously
Mathieu’s relatives were in genuine fear for their safety, according to the criminal complaint.
Mathieu’s representatives told WDSU that the accused extortionist has mental health struggles.
"He's dealing with a family member who is dealing with a mental health issue," Denise White of EAG Sports Management told WDSU. "Tyrann is fine. His family is fine. They are getting through."
Mathieu, a New Orleans native and former LSU star, signed in the offseason with the Kansas City Chiefs. The six-year NFL veteran and one-time All-Pro previously played for the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans.
WDSU reports that he was in New Orleans for a charity event around the time federal agents were making their case against Sears.