Miami Heat center Chris Andersen was cleared of any wrong doing, on Sept. 18, from a police investigation stemming from 16 months ago. The investigation stemmed from reports that Anderson was having a relationship with an underage girl from California.
On Sept. 18, it came to light that Andersen was not guilty of a crime and he was actually a victim of an “Extremely Complex” Internet scheme. Canadian and Colorado police believe the scheme was the work of a woman living in rural Manitoba.
Andersen has been told that prosecutors will not file charges against him, clearing him after a 16-month ordeal that nearly cost him his NBA career.
"We were always confident that Chris was innocent but we just couldn't figure out what had happened," Andersen's lawyer, Mark Bryant, told ESPN.com.
In Andersen's case, a woman in the middle used social media to dupe two people without their knowledge, according to police.
The woman, identified by the Denver Post as Shelly Lynn Chartier of Easterville, Manitoba, posed as Andersen in electronic conversations with a woman in California. Then she posed as the California woman in electronic conversations with Andersen.
Along the way, police told Andersen, she made threats pretending to be Andersen and attempted extortion pretending to be the woman from California. Chartier was arrested by Canadian authorities in January.
Her communications between the parties were successful enough that the woman from California traveled to Colorado, when Andersen was then playing for the Denver Nuggets and met Andersen. Their relationship, however, did not develop. At the time of their meeting, the woman from California was of legal age, Bryant said.
Authorities searched Andersen’s and had property seized from his Colorado house on May 10, 2012
Andersen was never charged but left the Nuggets during their playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers and was later released by the team. He was out of a job until the Heat picked up in January.
Andersen ended being ended up being a key member of the team and was especially successful coming off the bench during the playoffs, when he averaged 6.4 points and shot 81 percent.
Andersen re-signed with the Heat for two years and $2.8 million over the summer.
Andersen has a history of helping out children's charities during his time in Denver and New Orleans, where he played from 2004-08. According to the Nuggets' media guide, Andersen raised money for Mount Saint Vincent, a home for troubled and abused children, and was honored at the home's 2009 Silver Bell Ball. He's also involved with Alliance for Choice in Education, which provides scholarships for low-income families to use in private schools.
Andersen's middle name is Claus, and he dressed up as Santa to raise money for ACE in 2009, according to his media guide bio. He also helped with hunger initiatives while with the Hornets.