I know that guys that play in the Arena Football League generally aren't the highest-paid folks out there, and they have to look for means to supplement their income. This, however, is ridiculous.
In case you haven't heard the story by now, Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian was apparently in Las Vegas late in 2010 and left his Blackberry on top of an Automated Teller Machine. When he realized what he had done and went back to the ATM 20 minutes or so later, the Blackberry was no longer there. The people that had it then contacted Berrian's agent, saying that they'd give the device back to Berrian. . .for the low, low price of $30,000.
Berrian has filed a lawsuit against those two people. The lawsuit names a man and a woman as being the defendants in the case. . .and, apparently, the male has been identified as Ron Jones, who currently plays for the Arena Football League's Arizona Rattlers.
Jones was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent back in 2004, and has bounced around the Arena League since 2007. Shockingly, someone that would attempt to extort $30,000 from somebody for a Blackberry has a bit of a criminal record, as he was charged with a DUI in February of 2009.
Berrian has his device back, which is good. He's going to need something to take calls on after the Vikings cut him (in all likelihood) whenever they get the chance to.