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Eddie DeBartolo Jr.’s extortion scandal - DeBartolo was involved in the 1998 corruption case of former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards. DeBartolo pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report a felony, and received a $1,000,000 fine and 2 years of probation in return for his testimony against Edwards. Edwards was on trial for extortion and other charges, among which were the $400,000 he demanded from DeBartolo to gain a river boat casino license. DeBartolo never received the license, was fined by the NFL, and barred from active control of the 49ers for a year.

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Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was released from prison in 2011 after serving eight years for a felony racketeering conviction arising from the licensing of riverboat casinos in his fourth term. (Associated Press)

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Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards speaks at the Baton Rouge Press Club, Monday, March 17, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. Edwards announced that he would join the race to represent the state's Baton Rouge-based 6th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Edwards served two terms as governor in the 1970s. He was re-elected in 1983 and made another comeback for a fourth term in 1991. (AP Photo/Travis Spradling)

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Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards speaks at the Baton Rouge Press Club, Monday, March 17, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. Edwards announced that he would join the race to represent the state's Baton Rouge-based 6th District of the U.S. House of Representatives. Edwards served two terms as governor in the 1970s. He was re-elected in 1983 and made another comeback for a fourth term in 1991. (AP Photo/Travis Spradling)

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Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (in hat) arrives with his daughter Anna Edwards (far left) at a Baton Rouge halfway house Thursday to begin serving the rest of his prison sentence. He was released after serving eight years for a corruption conviction. (Associated Press)