A lawyer for Denver Nuggets center Chris “Birdman” Andersen says his client is the victim of an extortion plot.
Investigators with the Douglas County Internet Crimes Against Children unit searched Andersen’s home in Larkspur on Thursday, removing property that officials say is connected to a case which began in California.
Andersen, 33, does not currently face charges, but he has been “excused indefinitely” from the team, the Nuggets announced Friday.
In a statement releaed Friday, Andersen’s attorney, Colin Bresee, says a woman in California is behind the extortion plot.
“A female fan in 2010 mailed Mr. Andersen multiple letters and included several photos in which she was scantily clad,” the statement read. “Chris and this woman communicated with each other and in 2011, this woman, who represented herself as 21 years of age, flew to Colorado, showing her required identification. After leaving Colorado, she became upset at his lack of interest. In 2012, she threatened to retaliate if he did not provide financial remuneration. “
Bresee says his client has been cooperative with authorities and will be cleared of any criminal conduct.