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Nuggets Excuse Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen as Child Porn Rumors Continue to Swirl

| by Alex Groberman

Denver Nuggets center Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen was excused indefinitely by his team on the eve of their NBA Playoffs Game 6 showdown versus the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night.  

Andersen’s excusal comes on the heels of Douglas County sheriff's detectives investigating him for some currently unknown crimes against children, according to the Denver Post. Authorities seized property from the 33-year-old’s Larkspur home earlier today, but he was neither arrested nor charged with any crime.

As noted by USA Today, the unit investigating Andersen covers child pornography, Internet luring and child predators. Obviously that doesn't mean Anderson falls into one of those categories but, you know, draw your own conclusions.

"The Denver Nuggets are aware of today's media reports involving forward/center Chris Andersen. It involves a legal investigation and we are awaiting further details," team officials said in a statement (via the Denver Post). "Per team policy, the Nuggets will not comment on any ongoing legal circumstance involving any player or employee."

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The details regarding what exactly Andersen is being investigated for remain murky in this point, largely because nobody involved seems to want divulge any information. Case in point, Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Deborah Sherman:

"It could include many different things. Right now we're not saying. They literally just got the property this morning," Sherman said. "The sheriff's office did contact him this morning while he was at his house and he cooperated fully."

Andersen has apparently been under investigation since February, when a California law-enforcement agency tipped off the unit that's currently looking into this matter.

If Andersen’s name sounds familiar to you, it may have something to do with the fact that he was banned from the NBA back in 2006 for violating the league’s drug policy. He later returned in 2008 and was the subject of a lot of positive coverage as it pertained to him turning his life around.

Over the course of this past season, Andersen averaged five points and five rebounds per game. He has not played in a single playoff game versus the Lakers.

(Kudos to Denver Post for the latest info)

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