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Chris Andersen cleared of any wrongdoing in bizarre, complex crime against him

Sep 19, 2013, 1:06 PM EST

Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen stands on the court during a time out during their NBA basketball game against Orlando Magic in Miami Reuters

We wrote about it when it happened and it been a lingering cloud over him — when Miami’s Chirs Andersen (the Birdman) would have a good game in the NBA Finals (the peak of his professional career), somebody in the comments on this blog would bring up the police raid on his Denver home more than a year ago where they took his computer and said they were investigating some pretty horrible charges, including him having child pornography.

It was not true.

The investigation turned into a complex international case of stolen identity and a crime committed against Andersen by a woman in Canada. This week prosecutors in the case said they would not be charging Andersen with any crime, that he was the victim here.

Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated had the clearest explanation of this I have seen anywhere. It’s a longer excerpt than I prefer to quote on this site (you should go read the original source) but in this case it’s needed to attempt to make things clear.

At some point during his tenure with the Nuggets, Andersen had a consensual sexual relationship with a woman from California. Though she had allegedly misrepresented her age to Andersen (she said she was 21), he appears to have broken no laws in Colorado, where the statutory age of consent is 17.

Concurrent with that, Andersen was the victim of cyber identity theft at the hands of a different woman in Canada. The identity thief was able to access Andersen’s email, social media outlets, his phone, bank records, and even his video game console.

Posing as Andersen, the Canadian woman allegedly orchestrated the initial tryst between the player and the California woman. She then began communicating and corresponding with the woman from California. At one point, representing herself as Andersen, the imposter began making demands — some of them, sources say, sexually explicit — of the California woman.

The woman believed that it was Andersen making the demands and felt increasingly threatened. Eventually she went to the authorities. The sexually suggestive threats triggered the investigation of the Internet Crimes Against Children unit. When Douglas County Sheriff’s office executed its search warrant on Andersen’s home in Larkspur, Colorado, 40 miles south of Denver, police took his computer and other electronic equipment.

Investigators in the U.S. and Canada worked to connect dots, they amassed more than 4,000 pages of documents and found tentacles in multiple states. According to sources, there were allegedly multiple victims in multiple states — and may be other athletes whose identities were involved — but investigators believe one woman is at the center of it all.

The woman in Canada was 29 and has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography and transmitting those images, impersonation of another, extortion, and using threats.

All too often charges like this get mentioned in the press and the fact the person was not charged or the charges were dramatically reduced gets buried. That shouldn’t happen here. Andersen committed no crime.

Andersen re-signed to play with the Heat this season, where he will be a key role player in their drive for a third consecutive NBA title. Hopefully he can put this all behind him.

  1. abchome - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    So dramatic, could make a good movie.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      There’s a lifetime vehicle in the works for sure.

  2. myhawks1976 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    good to hear. I remember the original story. nice piece Kurt.

  3. tannethrill - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    He’s lucky they were able to piece it all together.

  4. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    and you will STILL hear negative comment from some stupid people in the future about it. I can guarantee that!

    • badintent - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      Most of them defense lawyers or ambulance chasers. Or really bitter Cav fans.
      HELLO DAN GILBERT

  5. nygdriveforfive - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Canada is awesome!

  6. topdawg4ever - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Birdman Birdman!!!!

  7. nygdriveforfive - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    I think I know that “Woman from Canada”

  8. gostlcards5 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I’m definitely not a fan of the Birdman, but I am glad that he is cleared for something that he didn’t do. Bad part is (like you said, Kurt) that not everyone will know the truth, because the headlines are always highly broadcast when the stuff is negative, but very rarely clarified when no charges are filed, or in this case, where clear evidence proves that someone else did what he was accused of.

  9. cbking05 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Another twist to this stroy is….That canadian woman was Ben Johnson …

    • dexterismyhero - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      Boom! Good post.

    • badintent - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:27 AM

      NO. Trudeau’s wife .Coking with Mick Jagger at Studio 54

  10. thomaskouns - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Feel really bad for Chris in all of this. To be accused of something like that; to be cut from your team and then to fight your way back says a lot about the ‘Birdman’.

    The sad part is some people will still associate him with something he had no part of.

    Best luck ‘Birdman’…..

  11. 1972wasalongtimeago - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Who know CB13 was really a 29 woman from Manitoba? Go figure.

  12. leahcima1 - Sep 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Chris, congratulations. Miami and the Miami Heat organization always gave you the benefit of the doubt and treated you with respect waiting for the legal system to find the truth. You’ve paid back the fans and the organization many fold by your commitment, tireless effort and success. Thanks for everything you’ve done on behalf of the Miami Heat. Now get a haircut. No only kidding.

  13. 00maltliquor - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    So many things going on here…

    one, why in the world would anyone, let alone some random woman in Canada want to target Birdman and pull off such a sick, sick stunt like that!??

    Two, I hope she fries! Throw the book at that world-class LOSER, lock up and throw away the keys!!

    Three, even I had a had time cheering for the Birdman because it WAS in the back of my mind. Messing up with someones livelihood and reputation like that….there should be a new set of crazy-strict laws for people who try to ruin other people like that!!

    Four, soooooo glad and relieved that it wasn’t true. They should have the Heat play on a nationally televised game, and during that game there should be a commercial with that scumbag loser woman admitting what she did and apologizing to Mr. Anderson in a nationwide shamefest, that way his name could be cleared AND clear it up to even the average fan who may have heard about it once and never checked to see the outcome.

    Five, heheheheee…Mr. H to the eazy calling out someone on the message boards indirectly in a post! Classic!

  14. asublimeday - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Eh, he plays for the Heat. Still a scumbag.

    • yuwannano - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Don’t hate.

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