Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 9/19/13

Manti Te’o‘s catfishing scandal has nothing on Chris Andersen‘s. The Miami Heat forward was reportedly the victim in a triangular, elaborate Internet hoax that was carried out by a woman in a small town of Canada, according to the Denver Post. Andersen’s lawyer and agent, Mark Bryant, said that the woman posed as Andersen online, attempted to start relationships with other people as Birdman and also threatened a female acquaintance of his. In March 2012, Andersen’s home was searched by the Douglas County Sheriff’s department, Internet Crimes Against Children. After his house had been searched, it was revealed that he had been extorted by the mother of a young woman in California he was having a relationship with. Bryant now believes that the young woman in California was also duped by the woman in Canada. The Denver Post reports that Anderson and the woman in California never met in person, and their exchanges online weren’t direct either, as all of them unknowingly went through the woman in Canada. For example, she would impersonate Anderson to the woman, and the woman to Andersen. Andersen was not charged with any crimes when his home was searched, and on Wednesday, his lawyer said he was cleared of any wrongdoing in the case that spanned several states, two countries and has more than a dozen victims. Lennay Kekua doesn’t seem so bad now, right? Photo via Twitter/@mehidisbudak Photo of the Night Hey Dad, can we keep it? Photo via Twitter/@JamalMayers Tweet of the Night Well, that escalated quickly. Browns president Joe Banner claims first conversation with Colts on Trent Richardson was "yesterday."— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 18, 2013 Video of the Night Louisville’s got 99 problems, but a creative sportscaster ain’t one. Filed under: Miami Heat, NBA, NESN Staff, Top Stories

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