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Deputies Search Home Of Nuggets’ ‘Birdman’ Andersen

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 1:  Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on from the bench against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarrterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 1: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets looks on from the bench against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarrterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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DENVER (CBS/AP) — Douglas County sheriff’s deputies have searched the home of popular Denver Nuggets center Chris “Birdman” Andersen as part of an investigation into a “crimes against children” allegation out of California.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ron Hanavan confirmed that the search took place Thursday as part of an investigation conducted by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit. Andersen has not been arrested and 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 says they’re asking that the case be sealed.

Andersen was present at shootaround Thursday. The Nuggets face the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday night for game 6 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

This is the statement from the Denver Nuggets: 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.

A message left at Andersen’s home wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.

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