Bo Jackson was awarded $21 million in a civil swimsuit after his niece and nephew tried to extort him.
The 2-sport legend filed a grievance final April in opposition to siblings Thomas Lee Anderson and Erica M. Andrews, accusing his niece and nephew of “relentless harassment and intimidation.
Based on the lawsuit filed by Jackson, the pair tried to extort $20 million from Jackson in alternate for not publicly revealing info that solid him “in a false mild” and triggered “extreme emotional misery,” according to AL.com.
The Andersons continued to harass and intimidate Jackson by contacting his fast household through social media, “publicly disclosing and threatening to proceed public disclosures of allegations,” in addition to threatening to seem at places close to Jackson’s house to intimidate him, in response to courtroom information obtained by WSB-TV.
The cumulative actions and “relentless harassment and intimidation” from the Andersons reportedly triggered Jackson “extreme emotional misery.”
Jackson was awarded the case after the Andersons failed to seem in courtroom on Jan. 31 to contest a short lived protecting order the case decide issued final Might.
“Defendants have acted with malice, wantonness, oppression, with a aware effort of indifference to circumstances and with the particular intent to trigger Plaintiff hurt,” Cobb County decide Jason Marbutt wrote within the ruling obtained by AL.com.”
Jackson was awarded simply over $1 million in compensatory damages and to offset legal professional charges, with a further $20 million for punitive damages. Jackson has additionally been awarded a everlasting protecting order in opposition to the Andersons, forbidding them from contacting him or his household, barring them from coming inside 500 yards of the Jacksons and their properties, faculties, or workplaces, and prohibiting them from posting about Jackson on social media.
The previous Raiders working again and Kansas Metropolis Royals outfielder has expertise defending his character prior to now. In 2005, Jackson sued the Inland Valley Every day Bulletin after the newspaper quoted a dietary specialist claiming a hip damage Jackson suffered enjoying within the NFL was the results of steroid use. The paper finally retracted the story, issuing a public apology to Jackson.