Those Taiwanese animators move fast. News of the bizarre "double catfishing" involving the Miami Heat's Chris "Birdman" Andersen only broke late yesterday afternoon, and they've already gone and animated the thing. The bizarre video features Andersen portrayed as Big Bird, naturally.
A Canadian woman was posing as Andersen online while simultaneously communicating with Andersen. She somehow set up a fling with Birdman and a California girl who was 17 at the time (she said was 21 and showed Birdman a fake ID, but even still the age of consent is 17 in Colorado).
Since we wrote about the revelations yesterday, Sports Illustrated has now filled in some of the details:
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. At one point, representing herself as Andersen, the imposter began making demands -- some of them, sources say, sexually explicit -- of the California woman.
The woman believed that it was Andersen making the demands and felt increasingly threatened. Eventually she went to the authorities. The sexually suggestive threats triggered the investigation of the Internet Crimes Against Children unit. When Douglas County Sheriff's office executed its search warrant on Andersen's home in Larkspur, Colorado, 40 miles south of Denver, police took his computer and other electronic equipment.
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