DENVER, Colorado — Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen was excused from all team activities on Thursday after police seized property from his home as part of a reported investigation into internet crimes against children.
The Denver Post reported Thursday that the Douglas County Sheriff’s office contacted the NBA player regarding the investigation and that he fully cooperated with authorities.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Deborah Sherman declined to say if Andersen, 33, is a suspect in the probe, and the Post reported that property records show at least one other person lives in the house with him.
His manager, Mark Bryant, declined comment.
“The Denver Nuggets are aware of today’s media reports involving forward/center Chris Andersen,” the team said in a statement. “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.”
The Post reported that the Douglas County unit responsible for dealing with internet crimes against children received a tip in February from a California law enforcement agency.
Andersen is a native of Long Beach, California, south of Los Angeles.
Andersen, a reserve, hasn’t played in the playoffs for the Nuggets, who went into Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers needing a victory to avoid elimination from the first round.