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Nuggets’ Andersen’s home searched in “Internet crimes against children” investigation

May 10, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

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UPDATE: 4:39 pm: Andersen has been released from his duties with the team at this time and will not be at Game 6 against the Lakers, the Nuggets announced in a team statement.

 The Denver Nuggets are aware of today’s media reports involving forward/center Chris Andersen. It involves a legal investigation and we are awaiting further details. Chris has been excused from all team-related activities indefinitely as he deals with the reported investigation. Per team policy, the Nuggets will not comment on any ongoing legal circumstance involving any player or employee.”

3:33 pm: The Denver area home of Nuggets big man Chris Andersen has been searched as part of an “Internet crimes against children” investigation, according to the Denver Post, Other sources have confirmed this to be about child pornography and Andersen was the target of the investigation.

Andersen, 33, has not been arrested, though deputies have seized property from his home this morning.

“The Sheriff’s Office did contact him this morning while he was at his house and he cooperated fully,” said spokeswoman Deborah Sherman.

There are not a lot of details and the search warrant itself was sealed by the judge who issued it. However, a Denver area television station is reporting that after a tip from California law enforcement Andersen had been under investigation for child pornography crimes for several months.

Andersen took part in the team’s morning shootaround Thursday as they prepare to take on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 Thursday night. The Lakers lead the series 3-2 but could be without Kobe Bryant for Game 6. Andersen has not played in this series.

Child pornography and sexual abuse are some of the most horrific crimes I can think of, and as a father they make my blood boil. That said, we do not know a lot here, certainly not enough yet to throw around blanket accusations. As the Post notes.

Proving who used the computer or computers in question is frequently a tricky part of Internet crime cases. Property records show at least one other person lives at the Larkspur home.

Andersen was suspended from the NBA for two seasons starting in January 2006 after failing multiple drug tests (for what the league called “drugs of abuse” not performance enhancing). He applied and was reinstated to the NBA in 2008 and has not failed a drug test since. In the community he had worked with and helped raise money for a couple of charities that helped abused children and that helped children get an education.

Andersen has two years, $9.3 million left on his contract. That could be voided if the charges pan out as this would certainly violate morality clauses in his contract. The Timberwolves and a number of teams had targeted Andersen for potential trades this summer.

  1. blahblah1000 - May 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Where there is smoke usually fire.

    NASTY BASTARD!

  2. karlton2 - May 10, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Chris “JailBirdMan” Anderson.

    • nesuperfan - May 10, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      If true, I would go with Chris “Perv” Anderson.

      Like ezmagic below said, they have to have probable cause to get a search warrant, so not looking good for Anderson.

  3. ezmagic - May 10, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Haha good one….. not looking good tho. If they have a warrant to search, then they have probable cause.

  4. 00maltliquor - May 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    God puh-leeeease tell me this isn’t true! This is all kinds of bad……

    • 00maltliquor - May 11, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      How does this get (currently) 4 thumbs down? I don’t care about getting thumbs up OR down irreguardless, or even if you don’t even like me, but thumbing THIS particular post is like saying you WANT these poor defensless children to be exploited/humiliated/molested/ruined…WHAT THE EFF IS WRONG WITH YOU SICKOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. 4thquartermagic - May 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Really do hope this is not true.
    Images of all the kids sporting a Birdman Mohawk’s at games are flashing in my head and making me sad.

    He was a fan fav…

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - May 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Too bad he doesn’t live in New York. With the new law they passed here, he’d get off easily.

  7. patw20 - May 10, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Kinda makes you wonder what he was looking at in that photo.

  8. habibthomas - May 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    I’m going to wait and see how this one plays out before I convict him in the court of public opinion. I’ve seen cases where people had this type of stuff planted on their computers from viruses , so there is always that possibility.

  9. canehouse - May 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    If true… very pathetic!

  10. seahulk9 - May 10, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    bet his BIRD is goin down now MAN.
    if this is true hes a filthy scumbag …and if they seized his computer by order of a warrant and a 6month investigation its probably true

  11. ihateclevelandandphillyandbaltimore - May 10, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Hysterical !!!

    • blueintown - May 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      ..if you’re a demented barbarian.

    • frankvzappa - May 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

  12. philly4lyfe - May 10, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Like any kids would go near him. Hes terrifying.

  13. thevza - May 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I love how they found the creepiest-looking picture available of Andersen for this article. If he’s acquitted, I bet there will be a different, innocently-smiling photo.

    • ike73 - May 10, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      creepy looking picture of chris anderson? is there any other kind?

    • Nbeaulieu - May 10, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      Are you kidding me? look up a pic of him with his beard…

  14. chilomane - May 10, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    The birdman is a chomo?

  15. cantonbound13 - May 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    he’s one strange dude

  16. rotaylla - May 10, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    If its really true, it,s despicable…

  17. bluballz - May 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    I forgot he was even on the team. Not a good way to get back in the public eye.

  18. seanb20124 - May 10, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Kobe was actually arrested for rape, never suspended. One law for superstar…

    • Kurt Helin - May 11, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Andersen was not suspended by the league, the action to release him from duties with the team was made by the Nuggets. The Lakers chose not to go that route with Kobe. The league would not take action here until there is more evidence.

  19. ningenito78 - May 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    I really hope this isn’t true. The world doesn’t need another one of these animals.

  20. detroitcityryda - May 10, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    From birdman to pervman

  21. lakerluver - May 10, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    WOW!! That’s pretty much all that comes to mind about this story. Let’s see how this plays out.

  22. diamondmo33 - May 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Like the article states, there is someone
    Else who resides at the address. Maybe the computer(s) belonged to that person.

  23. ishudbgm - May 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    This country is a damn joke….they just made it legal to look at child porn in NY. As long as it is not downloaded on your computer you are more than free to look at it. Check the news if you dont think its true!!! If he was playing for the Knicks he would not be in any kind of trouble with the law.

    • 00maltliquor - May 12, 2012 at 1:15 AM

      Dude..you can’t be serious. …………can you? I find that just waaaay to hard to believe.
      google time….

  24. ishudbgm - May 10, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    If he was looking at child porn we should burn him alive!!!!!!

  25. jason1980 - May 11, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    I’m always amazed at white people giving the benefit of doubt with whites are accused of hideous acts. Had it been a black NBA players, you whack jobs would have been calling for the needle even before evidence was collected.

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