Home of NBA Player Searched in Internet Crimes Probe

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Embargo: Denver, CO Denver Nuggets center Chris “Birdman” Andersen’s home was searched Thursday in an internet crimes probe. This is a file picture from an interview with KDVR.

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Marc Sternfield, FOX31 Denver, Reporting

LARKSPUR, Colo. (FOX31 Denver KDVR.com) — Investigators with Douglas County’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit executed a search warrant at the Larkspur home of Denver Nuggets center Chris “Birdman” Andersen Thursday as part of “on-going” investigation, authorities said.

“The ICAC unit began investigating Andersen in February 2012 in reference information that was provided by a law enforcement agency in California,” the Office said. “Douglas County Sheriff’s Office took over the criminal investigation at that time.”

Investigators say they recovered property from Andersen’s home they believe is connected to the case.

Andersen was not under arrest as of Thursday afternoon.

Andersen, 33, whose colorful tattooed appearance and style of play has made him a Nuggets fan favorite, is a nine-year veteran of the National Basketball Association. Seven of those seasons have been in Denver.

The “Birdman” served a two-year ban from the NBA from 2006-2008 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

The Denver Nuggets host the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of their first round playoff series Thursday night at Pepsi Center.

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