Home of Nuggets’ Andersen searched by sheriffs

Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen had his home searched by sheriff deputies Thursday as part of an investigation conducted by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit.
Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen had his home searched by sheriff deputies Thursday as part of an investigation conducted by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit.

Andersen has not been arrested and Douglas County sheriff spokesman Ron Hanavan said no arrest warrant has been issued.

The department began investigating Andersen in February after receiving information from a law enforcement agency in California. Hanavan declined to release details, including the nature of any pending charges, citing an ongoing investigation. He said they are asking that the case be sealed.

The sheriff’s office said it recovered property from Andersen’s home that investigators believe is connected with the case. Hanavan wouldn’t comment on what was taken or release a document listing the property, citing the pending investigation.

Mark Bryant, who serves as Andersen’s agent and attorney, said: “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.”

The Nuggets released a statement saying: “The Denver Nuggets are aware of today’s media reports involving forward/center Chris Andersen. 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.”

Andersen averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in the regular season but hasn’t played in the Nuggets’ first-round playoff series against the Lakers.

–Houston Mitchell