A distant relative of Tyrann Mathieu has been accused of attempting to extort millions of dollars from the former Arizona Cardinals safety, KMBC in Kansas City reported Tuesday.
KMBC obtained court documents that reveal New Orleans resident Geourvon Sears allegedly called and texted Mathieu, now a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, with threats that he would go to the media with damaging information about Mathieu if he didn't deposit the money into his bank account.
Sears reportedly contacted Mathieu on April 20 demanding $1.5 million. "I want $1.5 million by Friday, or I am going to kill all you all," Sears allegedly told relatives of Mathieu.
Later, Sears allegedly told Mathieu in a text: "$5 million by Friday, I'm done talking, emailing TMZ now."
Mathieu's attorney confirmed to KMBC that Mathieu is the alleged victim listed in court documents.
Mathieu was selected by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He quickly became a starter with the Cardinals and was an All-Pro selection in 2015, and he signed a major contract extension with the team before the 2016 season.
But injuries limited Mathieu's role on the field, and the Cardinals asked him to take a pay cut before the 2018 season. He refused, and the Cardinals subsequently released him. He signed with the Texans a few days later and went on to have an outstanding season with the Texans. He matched a career high with 89 total tackles last season, including five tackles for loss and a career-high three sacks, along with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Last year, Mathieu wrote a letter in The Players' Tribune thanking Cardinals fans for their support. Mathieu was always involved in the Valley community during his time with the Cardinals, and in September, he returned to continue that work.
Mathieu signed a 3-year contract with the Chiefs in March.