Chris Andersen’s Home Searched For Internet Crimes Against Children
Denver Nuggets reserve center Chris “Birdman” Andersen has been excused indefinitely from all team-related activities after Douglas County sheriff’s deputies searched his home Thursday as part of an investigation by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit.
The team issued a statement saying Andersen has been “excused from all team-related activities indefinitely as he deals with the reported investigation” and declined further comment.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ron Hanavan confirmed that the search took place Thursday. Andersen has not been arrested. The department began investigating Andersen in February after receiving information from a law enforcement agency in California.
“He did cooperate. He spoke with deputies,” sheriff’s spokesperson said.
The unit investigating Andersen investigates child porn, Internet luring, child predators and child pornography.
The sheriff’s office said it recovered property from Andersen’s home that investigators believe is connected with the case. Sherman said items typically seized by the unit include computers, hard drives, and thumb drives, though she said she could not provide details on what items were seized from Andersen’s home, citing the ongoing investigation.
Deputies requested that the search warrant application filed in court be sealed because of the ongoing investigation.
“For me right now, I think I’m at a stage where I don’t know enough information,” Nuggets coach George Karl said before Thursday night’s game. “I think we all were advised probably not to talk about it until we know the information. The only thing I will say is I trust Chris. In my years with him, he’s been fantastic. I think he’s really grown as a person. We’re going to support him and stand by him.”