Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu’s relative accused of extorting the star safety
Tyrann Mathieu had a huge offseason from a football perspective, getting a big new contract from the Kansas City Chiefs. After betting on himself last offseason with a one-year deal for the Houston Texans, the entertaining safety has finally found a long-term home and has earned his first big payday.
Unfortunately, Mathieu also went through a fairly rough offseason from an off-the-field perspective.
According to a report from Pro Football Talk, a distant relative of Mathieu’s tried to extort him this offseason. The relative threatened to go to TMZ with sexual misconduct allegations if the Chiefs’ star safety did not deposit $1.5 million into his bank account.
Per the complaint filed in Louisiana, Sears had threatened Mathieu through calls and texts in which he demanded $1.5 million deposited into his account. When Mathieu blocked his number, he reached out again through a group text message demanding $5 million “by Friday I’m done talking emailing TMZ now.”
While this is beginning to get into the news a bit, Mathieu is focused on football. His family member is now dealing with the authorities and doesn’t appear to be a threat to Mathieu anymore.
Last season with the Texans, Mathieu ended up recording 89 total tackles to go along with three sacks, a fumble recovery, two interceptions, and eight defended passes. He was a huge playmaker for Houston and helped lead them to the playoffs.
Moving forward, Mathieu is expected to become a leader and playmaker for the Chiefs. They are viewed as one of the top Super Bowl contenders for 2019 and their defense will need Mathieu to step up in a big way to make the necessary leap.