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Chris Andersen’s attorney suggests Nugget being extorted

May 11, 2012, 4:58 PM EDT

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The already strange Chris Andersen case has taken an new turn with the attorney for the Nuggets big man suggesting this is a case of extortion by a spurned female fan.

Yesterday police from the Internet Crimes Against Children division searched Andersen’s Denver area home and took a number of computers and other devices as part of an ongoing investigation that had gone one for a couple months after a tip from California law enforcement. Police are not offering details of the case due to the ongoing investigation.

The Nuggets “excused indefinately” Andersen from his duties with the team until the issue is resolved, he was not on the bench with them for their Game 6 win over the Lakers Thursday nor will he be with them for Game 7 on Saturday.

Andersen’s attorney, Colin Bresee, has released a statement to the Denver Post that starts to tell his side of the story.

“A female fan in 2010 mailed Mr. Andersen multiple letters and included several photos in which she was scantily clad. Chris and this woman communicated with each other and in 2011, this woman, who represented herself as 21 years of age, flew to Colorado, showing her required identification. After leaving Colorado, she became upset at his lack of interest. In 2012, she threatened to retaliate if he did not provide financial remuneration. “

According to the statement, someone purporting to be the woman’s mother wrote in an email that ” ‘i (sic) want him to pay for everything on her Amazon wish list, 5K for her bedding stuff and her victoria secret wish list.”

“Professional athletes are routinely targeted by these types of individuals,” the statement said. “The media has been speculating that he’s a suspect and not a victim in a criminal investigation. Mr. Andersen has been fully cooperative with the authorities. The investigation is expected to take three weeks. We’re confident it will show that Chris did not engage in any criminal conduct.”

Bresee confirmed that story to the Associated Press adding that he expects the negotiation to take about three weeks and that his client would be cleared. Andersen has not been arrested, no charges have been filed and police said there is nothing imminent.

I’m not going to pretend to know what the truth is here, that will be up to the police to sort out.

  1. bearsstillsuck - May 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    This is no big deal, it happens to me all the time.

  2. thestudiokida - May 11, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Wait, so the media misrepresented the facts and over-sensationalized a story? That’s not the media I know.

    • cosanostra71 - May 11, 2012 at 9:01 PM

      Normally, I’d agree with you. But the police are involved here, so there its not a media-created story. That doesn’t mean it won’t end up with Anderson being entirely cleared, but I wouldn’t blame the media for this story.

    • david8726 - May 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      I don’t see how the media did anything wrong in how they covered this story. I think they were very careful in how they covered it, actually. A good part of the day passed yesterday where this story wasn’t even on ESPN.com’s front page as more facts came out.

      The media never said “Chris Anderson had kiddie porn on his computer.” All we ever heard was “Chris Anderson has computers taken away by police connected to the internet crimes against children division,” which was exactly what happened.

  3. hoosiercolts - May 11, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    I buy it. I could totally see this happening. It’s plausible, maybe not probable but plausible.

    • passerby23 - May 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      I believe it is indeed probable. It’s a police state now and cops and agents of all different divisions are frantically arresting people for anything and everything. Departments are desperate for revenue and need every excuse for an influx of money coming into their departments to justify people’s jobs and salaries. On top of that, crazed and greedy fans extorting athletes is not something new.

  4. biggestredmiami - May 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Probably the most legitimate excuse he could have given. They are painting him like Sandusky and not one thing of evidence has been show. Poor guy, really hope that after everything he has been through that it is not true.

    • passerby23 - May 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      There’s no such thing as a “legitimate excuse.” If it’s an excuse, then it’s a self-protective lie. If it’s legitimate, then it’s actually what happened and not an excuse at all.

  5. AlohaMrHand - May 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    I hope he is cleared and if this is an extortion attempt this bitch gets what’s coming to her

  6. frankvzappa - May 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    It is much easier to believe that women are evil and crazy than it is to believe CA is guilty of anything of the sort. That woman she be imprisoned, but not before being sterilized so she can’t pass her crazy c*** genes on.

  7. morgan420 - May 11, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    sounds like a gold digger to me. i caught a huge red flag while reading the article. her “mother” “wants him to pay for everything on her amazon wish list which is 5 grand for her bedding stuff, and her virtoria secret stuff”. either this is a gold digger or a mother pipming her own daughter out for profit which makes it two gold diggers. the bedding is probably her “mothers” and the victoria secret is probably her seeing as she has to look good for other clients. it makes since and also “its plausible maybe not probable but plausible”. hoosiercolts, come on really are you that naive

  8. dirtmcgirt413 - May 11, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Hey cosa… Read the story bone head… It’s not the fact that the police are involved or the fact that Anderson is involved, but the fact that the MEDIA made the assumption that he was a suspect not a victim which MAY be the case… Just because the police are involved doesnt mean he’s a diddler. You wanna be gangster.

    • jakekrez - May 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

      He is being investigated and had computers removed from his home related to charges that may or may not be brought against him. Because of that, he is a person of interested related to the case per the police statements. All of this, technically makes him a suspect. Suspect means innocent until proven guilty. The gangster comment makes no sense either. While he may be a victim, he is being investigated as a suspect.

  9. rosesacl - May 11, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    First story about this was fantastically condemning…. i believed the birdman was a pedophile….. now this story comes out and i feel ridiculous… job well done Kurt… you fooled me….

    • david8726 - May 11, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      Here is the link to the original story –

      http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/10/nuggets-chris-andersens-home-searched-in-child-pornography-investigation/

      Now tell me – What in that story is “fantastically condemning?” Seriously, find the quote and post it here.

      All Kurt does is report the facts that were available (that there is an investigation ongoing by the division in charge of stopping child porn and that Anderson had been under investigation for months).

      Kurt even says –

      “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”

      He then went on to talk about the good things Anderson has done in the NBA.

      Seems fair to me.

  10. jason1980 - May 12, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Sounds like the Goddell’s NFL, they don’t need evidence. Sports fans are gullible, didn’t you know.

  11. asublimeday - May 12, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Thought you already had all this figured out, Kurt?

  12. davidly - May 12, 2012 at 6:00 AM

    Nobody will ever know the full truth to this story other than the principals involved. And a friend of the cousin of a guy a buddy of mine used to work for.

  13. furio2929 - May 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    As I said yesterday, there is always two sides to the story. Those who posted on childporn and Anderson have learned their lesson. Don’t jump the gun

  14. phillyphan83 - May 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    wow davidly, talk about six degrees of separation, loser

    • davidly - May 15, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      Wow, you’re pretty dim.

  15. phillyphan83 - May 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    effin skanks

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