Denver Nuggets’ forward Chris “Birdman” Andersen has been dismissed from team activities following a police raid at his home in Colorado.
Police reportedly admitted that Andersen is the subject of a criminal investigation that involves minors.
Andersen, who has been a key member of the team in the past, hasn’t played in the team’s first round series against the Los Angeles Lakers. According to ABC 7 News in Denver, following the story breaking on Thursday afternoon, the Denver Nuggets released a statement.
“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,” the statement concluded.
This means that Andersen, obviously, will be unable to play in Game 6 tonight between the Lakers and Nuggets. While this leaves Denver without Andersen’s services, his lack of playing time so far in the series makes this a relatively small on-court issue for the Nuggets. Still, it could be a distraction heading into a game where Denver is facing elimination.