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Chris 'Birdman' Andersen's Home Searched By Internet Crimes Against Children Police Division: REPORT

AP/The Huffington Post  |  Posted: 05/10/2012 3:24 pm Updated: 05/10/2012 3:51 pm

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FILE: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets heads up court against the Phoenix Suns at the Pepsi Center on February 14, 2012.

According to 9News in Denver, the home of Nuggets center Chris "Birdman" Andersen was searched by police on Thursday. Per 9News, property was seized from Andersen's home by Douglas County Sheriff's Office Internet Crimes Against Children.

John Ferrugia, a CALL7 Investigator at the ABC affiliate at Denver, reports that a source in local law enforcement informed him that the case involves child pornography.

Jeremy Jojola, an investigative reporter at Denver News 9, has been tweeting updates on the story.


jeremyjojola
It's important to stress that Andersen has NOT been arrested and has NOT been charged.


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Investigators will not disclose what "property" was taken from Birdman's home.


jeremyjojola
When I called the Nugget's spokesperson this morning, they didn't hear anything about any investigation.

Andersen attended a morning shootaround, per Deadspin, ahead of Game 6 in the Nuggets-Lakers playoff series.

The 33-year-old Andersen is in his tenth season in the NBA, playing all but three of those campaigns in Denver. Known for his high-intensity play, extensive body art and 'Birdman' celebration, Andersen was expelled from the NBA in 2006 for drug use. He was reinstated in 2008.

More from The Associated Press:

DENVER (AP) — Douglas County sheriff's deputies have searched the home of popular Denver Nuggets center Chris "Birdman" Andersen.


Sheriff's spokesman Ron Hanavan confirmed that the search took place Thursday as part of an investigation conducted by the department's Internet Crimes Against Children unit. Andersen has not been arrested and Hanavan said no arrest warrant has been issued.


The department began investigating Andersen in February after receiving information from a law enforcement agency in California. Hanavan declined to release details, including the nature of any pending charges, citing an ongoing investigation. He says they're asking that the case be sealed.


Mark Bryant, who serves as Andersen's agent and attorney, said: "At this time, I respect the process and I have no further comment to protect the integrity of everyone involved. We'll proceed from there."


A message left at Andersen's home wasn't immediately returned Thursday to The Associated Press.


The Denver Nuggets had no immediate comment.


Andersen is in his 10th year in the NBA and his seventh season in Denver, although his playing time dropped dramatically this season as young players gobbled up more minutes.


He averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in the regular season and hasn't played in the Nuggets' first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers.


Andersen has a history of helping out children's charities during his time in Denver and New Orleans, where he played from 2004-08. According to the Nuggets' media guide, Andersen raised money for Mount Saint Vincent, a home for troubled and abused children, and was honored at the home's 2009 Silver Bell Ball. He's also involved with Alliance for Choice in Education, which provides scholarships for low-income families to use in private schools.


His middle name is Claus, and he dressed up as Santa to raise money for ACE in 2009, according to his media guide bio. He also helped with hunger initiatives while with the Hornets.

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