Man Tried to Blackmail Giants Coach: Feds

Suspect targeted Coughlin in alleged bid to frame ex-co-workers
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2008 1:03 PM CDT
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin watches players stretch during football training camp in Albany, N.Y., Friday, July 25, 2008.    (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
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(Newser) – A Philadelphia man faces federal extortion charges and 2 years in prison after confessing to attempting to blackmail Giants coach Tom Coughlin, the New York Daily News reports. The coach received letters purportedly from two women 2 weeks ago and notified the NFL, which passed along the evidence to the FBI, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

The women have never met Coughlin, but the letters said they had had sex with him and threatened to tell his family if the coach didn't pay them $10,000-$15,000 each. The suspect, who made bail and may have to undergo a mental-health evaluation, told an FBI agent he had written the letters to seek revenge against the women for work-related matters.