Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu target of million-dollar extortion attempt ... by a relative

A distant relative of Tyrann Mathieu is free on bond after a recent arrest for suspicion of trying to extort more than $1 million from the Chiefs safety.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana, Geourvon Sears is accused of threatening to go to the media with allegations of sexual misconduct through phone calls and texts to Mathieu.

In the complaint, federal investigators said Sears called Mathieu, referred to as “TM” in the documents, while he was in Kansas City and said he needed $1.5 million deposited into his account. Investigators said Sears told Mathieu he needed the money by April 26.

Though Mathieu blocked the number, according to the complaint, Sears contacted him through associates in a group text message on April 23 and said, “5 million by Friday I’m done talking emailing TMZ now.”

Sears, 21, also communicated threats of violence in text messages if he didn’t receive the money.

The complaint also said Sears contacted Mathieu’s agent during the week of April 22 and said he would go to media outlets to injure Mathieu’s reputation by alleging sexual misconduct unless he was given the money.

Sears was released on a $25,000 bond on May 3, and a preliminary hearing is set for Thursday.

Mathieu, a 27-year-old New Orleans native, was in his hometown last weekend for his charity kickball event. He signed a three-year, $42 million deal with the Chiefs in March that includes $26.8 million in guaranteed money.

Mathieu has played with the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans since leaving LSU.

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Star reporter Kaitlyn Schwers contributed to this report.

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Brooke Pryor covers the Kansas City Chiefs for the Kansas City Star, where she works to give readers a deeper understanding of the franchise and the NFL through daily stories, game coverage, and player profiles. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C.