This NBA Star’s Life Was Nearly Ruined After He Fell Victim To An Audacious Catfishing Plot

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It’s May 2012, and a team of Colorado police officers have descended on NBA player Chris Andersen’s home. The cops are searching for evidence of terrible crimes, and their investigation threatens to end Andersen’s career for good. Slowly, though, the truth begins to emerge – and it’s stranger than anyone could have imagined.

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Born in July 1978 in Long Beach, California, Andersen relocated with his family to Texas when he was just four years old. There, Andersen, his parents and his two siblings settled in the small town of Iola, where they bought a small plot of land. And, worryingly, the young boy initially seemed destined to follow some of his peers into living on the wrong side of the law.

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Eventually, though, Andersen realized that his skills on the basketball court could be his ticket to a better life. So, after leaving college early to pursue a professional sporting career, he traveled to China and across the U.S. in search of his big break. Then in 2001 he finally joined the Denver Nuggets – with this marking the first time that a D-League player had ever been called up to the NBA.

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