Nuggets’ Chris “Birdman” Andersen targeted in criminal probe

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LARKSPUR, Colo. – 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.

“The Denver Nuggets are aware of today’s media reports involving forward/center Chris Andersen,” the team said in a statement Thursday afternoon.  “It involves a legal investigation and we are awaiting further details.  Chris has been excused from all team-related activities indefinitely as he deals with the reported investigation.  Per team policy, the Nuggets will not comment on any ongoing legal circumstance involving any player or employee.”

Chris Andersen's home in Larkspur, Colorado. May 10, 2012.

Chris Andersen's home in Larkspur, Colorado. May 10, 2012.

Andersen, 33, whose colorful tattooed appearance and style of play has made him a Nuggets fan favorite, is in his 10th NBA season. 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. He signed a five-year deal with $25 million with the Nuggets in 2009.

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

"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,” Mark Bryant, who serves as Andersen's agent and attorney, told ESPN.