During the 2012 NBA playoffs, Denver Nuggets center Chris Andersen was mysteriously scratched from the lineup ahead of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers.The reason: Cops had searched his home and taken his computer as part of what was believed to be a pedophilia investigation.At one point, representing herself as Andersen, the imposter began making demands — some of them, sources say, sexually explicit — of the California woman. That's when police got involved and, thinking the California woman was underage, called in the child crimes unit.(For a more thorough primer on catfishing, check out our explainer here.) Anderson's case was more complex than that, a sort of double-catfishing scheme that worked so well it took a full year before Birdman learned what had happened to him.Last month, authorities called Andersen to Colorado for a meeting.Andersen was never charged during the investigation, but he was eventually released by the Nuggets before he signed with the Miami Heat.“We are not surprised that this is the end result,” the Heat said in a statement.
“It had an extraordinary effect upon Chris,” Bryant told the Denver Post.Authorities said 29-year-old Shelly Lynn Chartier, of Easterville, Manitoba, posed as Andersen to communicate with underage girls and also pretended to be other people to talk to the tattoo-covered basketball player.“Chris was a victim,” said Bryant, who also revealed that at least a dozen others across several states fell victim to Chartier’s plot.Posing as Andersen, the Canadian woman allegedly orchestrated the initial tryst between the player and the California woman.
She then began communicating and corresponding with the woman from California.
It wasn't until January, when Andersen's attorney, Mark Bryant, told Days after that story ran, the Heat gave Birdman a 10-day contract.