Chris “Birdman” Andersen’s lawyers say that he may be an extortion target

The first explanation for why Chris “Birdman” Andersen’s home is part of a child pornography investigation has come from a lawyer for Anderson.

Colin Bresee released a statement today stating that Anderson may be being extorted by a California woman.  In the statement, Bresee explains that the woman reportedly threatened Andersen with “retaliation” if he did not agree to her financial demands.

Here are the details from the statement:

“A female fan in 2010 mailed Mr. Andersen multiple letters and included several photos in which she was scantily clad. Chris and this woman communicated with each other and in 2011, this woman, who represented herself as 21 years of age, flew to Colorado, showing her required identification. After leaving Colorado, she became upset at his lack of interest. In 2012, she threatened to retaliate if he did not provide financial remuneration. ”

According to the statement, someone purporting to be the woman’s mother wrote in an email that ” ‘i (sic) want him to pay for everything on her Amazon wish list, 5K for her bedding stuff and her victoria secret wish list.”

“Professional athletes are routinely targeted by these types of individuals,” the statement said. “The media has been speculating that he’s a suspect and not a victim in a criminal investigation. Mr. Andersen has been fully cooperative with the authorities. The investigation is expected to take three weeks. We’re confident it will show that Chris did not engage in any criminal conduct.”

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