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Chris Andersen ignored investigators who ultimately cleared him of child pornography charges – to focus on NBA playoffs

May 29, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

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I’ve heard players brag about the sacrifices they made to win an NBA championship, including putting family aside to focus on the team goal. While that sounds noble the way it’s often presented, take a step back and think about it.

Neglecting your family to complete a business project?

We glorify NBA titles to such a degree, that actually makes sense to a lot of people.

I’m not sure that level of hyper-focus on basketball is necessary, but it might be when so many other players are making those choices. Many players would prefer not to even risk distractions – under any circumstances.

Take Chris Andersen, who signed with the Heat during their championship run last season.

He’d been accused of child pornography a couple years ago, and though he knew the truth would – or at least should – clear him, not everyone had access to that information at the time. The Nuggets even amnestied him. Andersen began the season without an NBA contract.

Meanwhile, Shawn Cronce and Gord Olson were investigating the case – an investigation that continued through the 2013 playoffs.

Flinder Boyd of Newsweek:

Then, as the playoffs started, Andersen got the call he feared would never come.

It was Cronce, offering to explain for the first time some of what she and Olson had learned and asking for his cooperation. This was the moment Andersen had been praying for over eight agonizing months. But he also knew that any public revelations, even one that exonerated him, would distract his team on their quest for a title, so he did something almost unthinkable: He ignored Cronce.

His play in the playoffs was remarkable. At one point he played six straight games without missing a shot and set an NBA playoff record for field goal percentage. In late June, when the Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7, they had their title. Andersen, a pariah a few short months before, stood at half-court with LeBron James as confetti rained down on him. He was a champion.

While his teammates went out to celebrate that night, Andersen immediately returned home with his fiancée. He sat down in his living room in a subdued state, according to Bryant, silently sipping a cup of sweet tea.

That is a remarkable amount of sacrifice in the name of winning a championship. I can’t say whether or not Andersen’s choice was correct for him, but I can’t imagine being falsely accused of possessing child pornography and then putting work ahead of getting my name cleared.

For Andersen, it all worked out. The Heat won the title in the summer, and Andersen was cleared in the fall.

But I just can’t over how incredible his choice was.

  1. eugenesaxe1 - May 29, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Ehh, dude knew he was clean. He also probably knew he’d be carrying that label for the rest of his life, whether he was guilty or completely exonerated, so he had no real reason to rush things.

  2. thomaskouns - May 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM


    Guy went through a lot…..

    Go Birdman!

  3. jzone954 - May 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Scorned women can do grimey things…
    What a horrible thing to want to do to somebody.

  4. steelerfanforlife - May 29, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    I respect that dude!

  5. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - May 29, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Why even bring this up? There could be nothing more damaging then this story and after being proven innocent you write this piece of crap. I loathe the heat but this story even after proven innocent will always be attached to him.

  6. jman2020 - May 29, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Funny i never heard of this but i do know mike vick fought dogs lol.. Media

    • bigmeechy74 - May 29, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      whats your point? Are you saying the dogs thing isn’t a big deal? You are scum. It’s a big deal to torture animals you heartless garbage

      • campcouch - May 29, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        I think jman was implying that there’s more news about Vick than this story. it’s brought up every football season,while this didn’t get as much press.

    • raven0024 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      And why is that amusing to you? Stupid moron.

  7. sweetnlow44 - May 29, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    I guess I fail to see how this is so remarkable. They call to tell him he’s clear, he says, “Yeah, I know, let’s talk about it further when the season is over.” They cleared him. It’s not like that was going to change whether he chose to acknowledge and address it right away or a few weeks later. And maybe just the initial notification of him being cleared is what allowed him to clear his head of it and play so well in the playoffs.

    • mikeymo74 - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:28 AM

      They did not call him to tell him he’s clear. They called to get his cooperation in order to possibly clear him. After the playoffs was over, I presume he got in touch with them and cooperated in order to get his name cleared.

  8. mythaimyke - May 29, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Would you want this idiot, representing your team? Look at him!!!! The defination of U-G-L-Y!

    • anythingbutyanks - Jun 1, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      I think you are the definition of ugly.

    • raven0024 - Jun 6, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Jealous? Speaking as a woman, I find Birdman extremely sexy.

  9. thetooloftools - May 30, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Why in the world are you running this story now?

  10. chicagosports2014 - May 30, 2014 at 2:43 PM


  11. suckit619 - Jun 5, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Maybe not a pedophile, but still a crackhead

  12. 24thesho - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    WTH would this writer bring this up now during the NBA playoffs if not much, if anything, has been mentioned. Why! What a troll! This is the first time I’m hearing of this. The writer is a real f#%!*ng jerk to have resurfaced something was already settled. Man! What a**hole.

  13. 12312 - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    “But I just can’t over how incredible his choice was.” Get. get. “But I just can’t GET over how incredible his choice was.” Yes, I read the story, but the lack of editing by professional writers is stunning. It’s the last sentence in your story dude. Please. It does matter.

  14. cscamp20 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    That what happens when you look like that! people start judging you!

  15. cscamp20 - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Like what Cuban said “when i see i guy like that walking towards me, i will either run away or cross across the street

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