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Report: FBI investigating Eric Murdoch for extortion

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09:28 AM ET 04.07 | The F.B.I. is investigating whether the assistant at Rutgers who first voiced concerns about the abusive behavior of his boss, Mike Rice, tried to extort the university. As part of its investigation, an F.B.I. agent recently visited the office of Tim Pernetti, the athletic director, according to two people familiar with the investigation, one of whom is a university official who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. Pernetti resigned as the Rutgers athletic director on Friday. In December, a lawyer representing the former assistant, Eric Murdock, a retired N.B.A. player, sent a letter to the university demanding $950,000, according to a copy of the letter. The letter -- which was first reported by ESPN on Friday -- was sent two weeks after Rice was suspended for three games for the abusive behavior that eventually led to his firing Wednesday. James Tareco, a special agent with the F.B.I., visited Pernetti's office and other locations at Rutgers, the university official said.

New York Times

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April 7, 2013  09:41 AM ET

Follow The Money, Bros.

April 7, 2013  09:46 AM ET

This just gets better and better....

April 7, 2013  09:49 AM ET

Well! That disclosure puts a whole new twist into Murdock's wrongful termination suit. $950 K is no chump change, and the demand was submitted by Murdock's lawyer as well? What gives?

And here I was thinking that the TattGate and Ped State scandals were enough trauma drama for the B1G. Heck, Rutgers ain't even officially a member school yet!

April 7, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Well! That disclosure puts a whole new twist into Murdock's wrongful termination suit. $950 K is no chump change, and the demand was submitted by Murdock's lawyer as well? What gives?And here I was thinking that the TattGate and Ped State scandals were enough trauma drama for the B1G. Heck, Rutgers ain't even officially a member school yet!

Really....

Might look to renaming those Divisions to Lifers and Felons.

Hopefully this will be the last for a while....

April 7, 2013  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Well! That disclosure puts a whole new twist into Murdock's wrongful termination suit. $950 K is no chump change, and the demand was submitted by Murdock's lawyer as well? What gives?And here I was thinking that the TattGate and Ped State scandals were enough trauma drama for the B1G. Heck, Rutgers ain't even officially a member school yet!

Two separate issues, though the school would like people to view it as one. Termination settlements occur all the time. Are they not a form of extortion? Nothing will come of this, his lawyer asked for money. They said no, so they took it to the next level. Any legal back and forth is a form of extortion? If you do not do this, I will do that.

April 7, 2013  10:26 AM ET

April 7, 2013  10:31 AM ET

Well, we are talking about New Jersey's state university. Extortion? fuhgedddaboudit!

April 7, 2013  11:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Two separate issues, though the school would like people to view it as one. Termination settlements occur all the time. Are they not a form of extortion? Nothing will come of this, his lawyer asked for money. They said no, so they took it to the next level. Any legal back and forth is a form of extortion? If you do not do this, I will do that.

I'm only a lay person and not knowlegable of such legal wrangling. So out-of-court settlements = legalized extortion? Looks like I need to go out to McDonald's and find that cockroach in my Big Mac.

April 7, 2013  11:22 AM ET
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I'm only a lay person and not knowlegable of such legal wrangling. So out-of-court settlements = legalized extortion? Looks like I need to go out to McDonald's and find that cockroach in my Big Mac.

Sure go for it, but personal responsibility is factored in , as is your ability to be responsible to yourself and others. Mentally challenged are held to a lesser standard, but you would have to prove that part.

Consider this.

Neither extortion nor blackmail require a threat of a criminal act, such as violence, merely a threat used to elicit actions, money, or property from the object of the extortion. Such threats include the filing of reports (true or not) of criminal behavior to the police, revelation of damaging facts (such as pictures of the object of the extortion in a compromising position), etc.

April 7, 2013  11:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

So out-of-court settlements = legalized extortion?

O course they do. If you do not settle with me I will go to court and could get even more from you. That is a form of extortion. Is it not? The threat.

April 7, 2013  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I'm only a lay person and not knowlegable of such legal wrangling. So out-of-court settlements = legalized extortion? Looks like I need to go out to McDonald's and find that cockroach in my Big Mac.

If you are going to substitute MacDonalds for Rutgers, then I assume you are saying that you work for McDonalds to keep the equation the same.

So, if you knew someone was putting cockroaches in big macs there and reported it to management and they then fired you, then, yes, by all means proceed legally if you like. It is your public duty, just as it was the whistleblowers public duty to report the actions of the coahc at Rutgers. Proceed by all means or accept it as the norm and alright to do.

April 7, 2013  12:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

... Mentally challenged are held to a lesser standard, but you would have to prove that part...

That shouldn't be too hard for lil' ol' me. ;)

April 7, 2013  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

If you are going to substitute MacDonalds for Rutgers, then I assume you are saying that you work for McDonalds to keep the equation the same...

Check the meter, 50YF.

Remember what happens when we assume...

April 7, 2013  12:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Two separate issues, though the school would like people to view it as one. Termination settlements occur all the time. Are they not a form of extortion? Nothing will come of this, his lawyer asked for money. They said no, so they took it to the next level. Any legal back and forth is a form of extortion? If you do not do this, I will do that.

But if he threatened to release the video if they didn't settle, then that would be extortion. And that is the gist of the article?

I mean I can see him asking for a Termination Settlement, both he and his lawyer (getting the attorney involved ratchets up the intensity factor)...but when you threaten it is no longer a settlement?

April 7, 2013  12:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Check the meter, 50YF.Remember what happens when we assume...

Wait...I thought you were a Liberal Arts major (Philosophy?) and worked in McDonalds....you saying you don't?

LOL

April 7, 2013  12:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Well, we are talking about New Jersey's state university. Extortion? fuhgedddaboudit!

Make me an offer I cannot refuse.

April 7, 2013  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Wait...I thought you were a Liberal Arts major (Philosophy?) and worked in McDonalds....you saying you don't?LOL

Mickey-D's an EOE. They'll take on mechanical engineers as well as English teachers. I've met 'em. ;)

April 7, 2013  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Wait...I thought you were a Liberal Arts major (Philosophy?) and worked in McDonalds....you saying you don't?LOL

My only philosophy is to maintain an even strain. BTW, speaking of strain...how'd your stump removal go? No hernias, I hope.

April 7, 2013  01:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

...Consider this.Neither extortion nor blackmail require a threat of a criminal act, such as violence, merely a threat used to elicit actions, money, or property from the object of the extortion. Such threats include the filing of reports (true or not) of criminal behavior to the police, revelation of damaging facts (such as pictures of the object of the extortion in a compromising position), etc.

FWIW, thanks for the legal brief. Now I know why I didn't become a blood-sucking barrister.

 
April 7, 2013  01:05 PM ET

Quirky Quad.

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