Chris Andersen celebrates the Heat’s championship in June (Jesse D. Garrabrant/ Getty).
In the thick of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, veteran center Chris “Birdman” Andersen, then a member of the Denver Nuggets and now a key player for the world champion Miami Warmth, grabbed headlines for what seemed to be all of the incorrect causes. Several hours before Game 6 of the Nuggets’ first-round series in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers, a Colorado Web Crimes Against Children unit searched his residence in relation to an ongoing investigation related to youngster pornography. Andersen was not arrested or charged with any crimes, but he did not play in both of the final two games of the series (additionally the Nuggets’ final two video games of the season.
A subsequent announcement from certainly one of Andersen’s lawyers cast him as a victim of extortion, but an absence of particulars did little to clarify the weird situation. When Birdman returned to the courtroom this season for the Miami Heat, it appeared as if the problem had blown over, or at the very least not turn into an overbearing presence in his life.
On Wednesday, Andersen obtained official affirmation that he wouldn’t be charged in relation to the search. In reality, he appears to have been a wronged get together. From John Ingold and Benjamin Hochman for The Denver Submit:
Former Denver Nuggets star Chris Andersen was the sufferer of a large-ranging and sophisticated Internet impersonation scheme when authorities searched his dwelling last yr, an lawyer for Andersen stated Wednesday.
The Douglas County District Legal professional’s office on Wednesday confirmed that it’s going to not file costs in opposition to Andersen in connection with the search.
Mark Bryant, the legal professional, mentioned Andersen was being impersonated on-line by a girl in Canada. The woman, posing as Andersen, sought relationships and presents but in addition threatened at the very least one individual, Bryant said. The girl in Canada was additionally posing on-line as other individuals to Andersen, Bryant stated. […]
“It is my understanding that this case involves quite a few victims,” Bryant said. “… Chris was a victim on this case.” […]
Shelly Lynn Chartier, 29, has been charged with crimes of possession and transmitting of child pornography, personation, extortion and making threats, RCMP Sgt. Line Karpish said. Karpish mentioned Chartier lives in Easterville, Manitoba, a town of fewer than a hundred residents on the shores of Cedar Lake practically 300 miles north of Winnipeg. Chartier was charged in January and is scheduled to make a courtroom look in October, Karpish said. […]
I “simply needed to thank everybody that supported me and knew this was a lie from the start,” Andersen mentioned in a press release offered to The Denver Submit earlier this 12 months. “They understand how I like folks, they know how I love youngsters and so they know where my coronary heart has been in this community.”
This is clearly welcome news for Andersen, who has been a well-liked function player at a number of stops in his eleven-season NBA career. He is additionally no stranger to controversy and disciplinary points. In January 2006, Andersen was disqualified from the NBA for violating the league’s “medicine of abuse” coverage and was not reinstated till March 2008. Since then, he’s established himself as a dependable rim protector and athletic finisher at the offensive end. It is fairly attainable that the Warmth would not have received the title this spring without his companies.
The problems with this case go well beyond basketball, although, to the purpose where this information issues just because it’ll allow Andersen to extra comfortably perform the everyday actions of life. The authorized process is much from completed, and it’s fairly possible that Andersen will have to contain himself in the prosecution of Chartier sooner or later. But we can progress with little doubt as to his function in this ordeal. Hopefully the other victims receive the identical peace of mind soon.