Chris Andersen Investigation: No End in Sight for Bizarre Case

Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 14, 2012

DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 14:  Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets grabs a rebound away from Markieff Morris #11 and Marcin Gortat #4 of the Phoenix Suns at the Pepsi Center on February 14, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Chris Andersen, a player for the Denver Nuggets known around the league as “Birdman,” was first reported to have had his home searched on Thursday as part of an investigation by the sheriff’s department.

It is now Monday and nothing has publicly progressed since the seizures and statements on Thursday and Friday. This has the look of a long and drawn-out process that will be much more complicated than anyone initially would have guessed.

The case involves a unit from the Internet Crimes Against Children department and electronic items were seized from Andersen’s home in Larkspur, Colo.

“(The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office) has recovered property from Mr. Andersen’s residence that we believe is connected to this case,” public information officer Sgt. Ron Hanavan said Friday. “Some of the property which includes electronic devices is being sent to the Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RMRCFL) for forensic examination.”

Hanavan went on to say that the Nuggets backup big man is not being charged with a crime yet and nothing is imminent.

“We want to reiterate that a search warrant was executed and no arrests have been made and no individual(s) are being identified as the focus of this investigation.”

Things got a bit stranger when The Denver Post got a statement from Andersen’s lawyers, claiming their client was a victim of extortion from a woman of legal age.

Birdman had apparently met the woman after she visited from California. She reportedly asked for finances and goods and threatened to retaliate after Andersen no longer showed interest.

With the Nuggets (Andersen’s team) eliminated from the playoffs, the only basketball news coming out of Denver will be concerning this strange and bizarre story.

It does not look like any end is in sight, as the weekend has come and gone without any new details on the case.

We’ll keep you updated right here at Bleacher Report if and when anything new breaks on the story.