New York Yankees star Gary Sheffield and his wife were the targets of a blackmailer who claimed to have embarrassing sexual videotapes of her and a musician, the slugger said Tuesday.
``I will not be blackmailed. I will not have my family dragged through the mud and filth,'' Sheffield said in a statement read by his Chicago-based business agent, Rufus Williams.
The Yankees outfielder said his wife, DeLeon, ``had a long-term relationship with a well known professional singer over 10 years ago.'' Sheffield said he had known about the relationship, which came before the couple married.
``I have not seen the alleged videotape, nor do I care to,'' Sheffield said in his statement. ``I love my wife and I vow again to stand by her through any trial or tribulation.''