Kilpatrick leaned on 'extorted' contractor to hire ex-Pistons player

Bernard Kilpatrick tried to get a businessman he allegedly was extorting to hire his pal, a former Detroit Pistons basketball player, according to testimony.

The request involved former Detroit Pistons guard Archie Clark, according to testimony.

Kilpatrick made the request during a breakfast meeting in March 2008 that Cobo Center contractor Karl Kado secretly recorded for the FBI. Kilpatrick allegedly wanted Clark to be awarded a piece of a restaurant contract at Cobo, according to testimony.

During the conversation, Kilpatrick said his pal would do whatever work ordered by Kado.

Kado said he didn’t want to include Clark on the deal.

“I wold tell him to sit on a chair for eight hours,” Kado testified.

Kado recalled details of the conversation, but couldn’t remember the name of the restaurant where he met Kilpatrick.

Kwame Kilpatrick’s lawyer said Kado is suffering from dementia.

Clark was a guard who played for several NBA teams during a 10-season career. He played for the Pistons in the 1975-76 season and later went into business in Ecorse.

In 2009, The News obtained Kwame Kilpatrick’s text messages, which made reference to Clark.

Bernard Kilpatrick exchanged text messages with his son about cutting Clark in on a real estate deal involving rap star Eminem, the text messages show.

According to the texts:

“HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE T(O) TALK TO EMINEM’S GUY ABOUT BUYING THAT CLUB YET?” Bernard Kilpatrick texted his son on Aug. 5, 2003. “ARCHIE WANTS TO BE THE MIDDLEMAN..HIS COUSIN OWNS THE BLDG.”

Robert Snell
Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at rsnell@detnews.com or (313) 222-2028.