Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian is suing a California couple for looking to extort the player in return for his lost BlackBerry.
Berrian left his his smartphone at an ATM in Las Vegas in October. He later realized it was missing after 30 minutes and went back to find it. It was gone by the time he got there.
According to the Pioneer Press, a man named Ronald R. Jones contacted Berrian's manager in December and asked for a "reward" in exchange for his BlackBerry. They reportedly asked for $30,000.
Jones and his girlfriend, Clarice Lankford, threatened to sell the BlackBerry to "the highest bidder" if their demands were not met.
Berrian filed a lawsuit against the Oakland couple for attempting to extort the receiver and a hearing is scheduled for early February. Lankford ultimately returned the BlackBerry on Jan. 19, according to the Star Tribune.