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Jackson said he made his wife, Desiree, aware of the affair years ago and the two reconciled.

Jackson, coming off a 23-43 record in his first season as a head coach, is also an ordained minister. He leads a non-denominational congregation with his wife in the Los Angeles suburb of Van Nuys. The couple has four children.

“I recognize the extremely poor judgment that I used both in having an affair six years ago _ including the embarrassing communication I exhibited during that time _ and in attempting to deal with the extortion scheme at first by myself,” Jackson said in the statement. “I made some egregious errors. I apologize for any embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends and, of course, the Warriors.

“At that time in my life, I was not pastoring. Three years ago, my wife and I established a ministry. With deepest regret, I want to apologize to my Church Family. I was wrong. We must live Holy.”

The team also released a statement supporting Jackson but not condoning his affair.

Jackson included a quote from the Bible in his written statement and asked for forgiveness for his actions.

“What goes on in the dark,” it reads, “will come out in the light.”

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