Bo Jackson Wins $21 Million Verdict Against Niece and Nephew for Trying to Extort Him

If you happen to be a Raider fan in your mid-40’s, there’s a good chance that Bo Jackson was a big part of what brought you to the fan base.

Jackson was one of the most electrifying athletes to ever play professional sports, and he is still a beloved Raiders alumnus, despite playing only 38 games in his NFL career.

Jackson is now 61 years old and was in the news this week after winning an extortion lawsuit against members of his own family. An ESPN report shared the details of the $21 million verdict in Georgia…

Former professional baseball and football player Bo Jackson, the Heisman Trophy-winning running back at Auburn, has won a $21 million verdict in his civil case against his niece and nephew for trying to extort him.

Last Friday’s decision included a permanent protective order barring Thomas Lee Anderson and his sister, Erica M. Anderson Ross, from further bothering or contacting Jackson and his immediate family members. The Andersons also must stay at least 500 yards from the Jacksons and remove from social media any content about them, news outlets reported.

The lawsuit, filed in April, alleged that Jackson’s relatives tried to extort $20 million from him through harassment and intimidation.

“Unfortunately for those attempting to extort $20 million dollars from Jackson and his family, Bo still hits back hard,” Jackson’s attorneys — Robert Ingram and David Conley — said Monday in a news release about the case.

Jackson, 61, claimed the harassment started in 2022 and included threatening social media posts and messages, public allegations that put him in a false light, and public disclosure of private information intended to cause him severe emotional distress, WSB-TV reported. He said Thomas Anderson wrote on Facebook that he would release photos, text and medical records of Jackson to “show America” that he wasn’t playing around, the lawsuit alleged...

Jackson feared for his safety and that of his immediate family, the lawsuit states. It sought a stalking protective order against the Andersons as well as unspecified compensation for intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy. Jackson also brought a civil conspiracy claim against the siblings.

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