The investigation against Chris Andersen for Internet crimes against children got more interesting on Friday, when Andersen's lawyer released a statement to The Denver Post claiming the Denver Nuggets center was a victim of extortion.
Andersen's attorney, Colin Bresee, referenced a young woman who wanted to get back at Andersen for his apparent lack of interest in her in 2011. She allegedly threatened to retaliate if he didn't offer her financial relief.
Update: Saturday, May 12th at 1:30 p.m. ET
It's becoming more and more unclear as to what Chris Andersen is actually being accused of.
According to Benjamin Hochman and Jessica Fender of the The Denver Post, documents reveal that the young woman "repeatedly represented herself to be of legal age and that her family later demanded payment from Andersen."
The article goes on to say that, "On Twitter, she sends messages to other high-profile sports figures and celebrities."
Could it be that this whole case is a giant misunderstanding and a case of a high-profile athlete being extorted?
According to Andersen's legal team's statement, someone claiming to be the woman's mother wrote in an email, " 'i (sic) want him to pay for everything on her Amazon wish list, 5K for her bedding stuff and her victoria secret wish list."
The statement also read, "Professional athletes are routinely targeted by these types of individuals," and the investigation is expected to take three weeks.
What a bizarre story. Andersen's home gets searched by sheriff's deputies, and now this.
It's important to note that Andersen has not been arrested or charged with a crime. Until more details surface, it's unwise to speculate about the investigation. Players are indeed targeted all the time, but that doesn't mean this woman necessarily did anything, either. As the saying goes, innocent until proven guilty.
Regardless of the ultimate outcome, the investigation has kept Andersen out of the playoffs while the Nuggets do battle with the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 7 is set to be played on Saturday night.
Andersen, known as "Birdman" throughout the NBA, was once considered one of the better shot-blockers in the game, but fell from the team's rotation this season long before the investigation came to light.
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