Douglas County (Colo.) sheriff's deputies searched the home of Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen on Thursday as part of an investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ron Hanavan told the Associated Press that the colorfully-tattooed player nicknamed “Birdman” has been under investigation since February after the department received information for a law enforcement agency in California. Andersen has not been arrested or charged with a crime, Hanavan said.
According to a release on the Douglas County Sheriff’s Web site, the deputies “recovered property from the residence” in connection with the case. Property records obtained by the Denver Post indicate at least one other individual lives with Andersen at his home in Larkspur, and no details about the subject of the search have been released.
“The sheriff’s office did contact him this morning while he was at his house and he cooperated fully,” agency spokeswoman Deborah Sherman told the Denver Post.
According to the ICAC Web site, the task force “was created to help Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or computer technology to sexually exploit children.”
Andersen, 33, was expelled from the NBA in 2006 after his positive test for a banned substance was deemed to fall under the league’s “drug abuse” category. He returned to the league in 2008 and has played the past four seasons in Denver, where he has become a fan favorite.
During his time with the Nuggets, Andersen has been involved with children’s charities, and according to the team’s media guide, he raised money for Mount Saint Vincent, a home for troubled and abused children. He is also involved with Alliance for Choice in Education , which provides scholarships to students from low-income families for private school tuition.
Andersen averaged 5.3 points and 1.4 blocks per game in 32 games this season but has not played in Denver’s first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 6 is Thursday night in Denver.