Derek Anderson Finance Drug Ring?
A convicted drug dealer offered testimony against a partner charged with murder that said former NBA player Derek Anderson may have financed a cocaine operation. WAVE TV in Louisville, Ky. reported that Francois Cunningham exchanged recorded testimony for an early release on drug trafficking charges. A portion of his testimony seemed to implicate Anderson.
According to the report, Cunningham was asked by detectives if Anderson was present at any of his drug buys.
“Nah, he stays away from you know, he’s just the money and he’s not going to get around any of it,” said Cunningham. “But that’s who funnels the money.”
Anderson has never been charged with a crime connected to the investigation. He is a native of Louisville who played for the University of Kentucky and in the NBA for Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, and Charlotte Bobcats from 1997-2008. He made an estimated $60 million in salary during that time.
The target of the probe is Ricky Kelly, once charged with eight murders but now facing one murder charge in federal court. Cunningham testified that he did surveillance for Kelly on individuals who were later murdered by his partner.