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Derek Anderson denies funding cocaine ring

Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: August 23, 2011 10:54 pm
Posted by Ben Golliverderek-anderson

Former NBA player Derek Anderson is having his name spoken to police by just about the last person in the world with whom you would want to be associated. reports that Francois Cunningham, a Kentucky man who admitted to police that he was involved in purchases of kilograms of cocaine and that he caused the deaths of two people by allegedly throwing a molotov cocktail into their vehicle, is providing additional information into murders committed by his associates and the workings of the drug organization he was involved in as part of a "deal for early release."

In a taped interview with a police detective, Cunningham stated that former NBA player Derek Anderson bankrolled the drug operation. 

Butler: "Was Derek Anderson ever present when you all bought narcotics?" 

Cunningham: "Nah, he stays away from you know, he's just the money and he's not going to get around any of it but, that's who funnels the money."

The site notes that Anderson has not been charged with a crime in the case and that the police currently do not have any corroborating evidence.

Without question, Cunningham's claims should be treated with a certain degree of skepticism, as reports that he had his charges reduced from murder to second-degree manslaughter in exchange for his cooperation.

Anderson denied "being involved in any illegal activity" through an attorney in a statement to on Tuesday evening. The attorney further stated that Anderson would not make any additional comment himself.


A Kentucky native, Anderson won an NCAA title while at the University of Kentucky in 1996 and was selected in the 1997 NBA Draft Lottery by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Anderson played 11 seasons in the NBA, playing for the Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Charlotte Bobcats. He won an NBA title with the Heat in 2006.

Anderson, now 37, averaged 12.0 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steal in 29.2 minutes per game during his NBA career. He retired after the 2007-2008 season and reports that Anderson's career earnings topped $58 million. 

Anderson's former teammate with the Portland Trail Blazers, Zach Randolph, has been at the center of a legal investigation this week as well, as a drug dealer in Portland, Or., told police that he was assaulted at Randolph's home while he was trying to sell marijuana.

Hat tip: Kentucky Sports Radio

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:43 pm

Derek Anderson denies funding cocaine ring

Thank God they didn't say he was from Kentucky......if he did, then everyone would be blaming Coach Cal for all of this.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:11 pm

Derek Anderson denies funding cocaine ring

Has nothing to do with Oregon???  He is in Kentucky his home state.  It's just the fact he was part of the Jail Blazers and since Zach R and his posse are in the news again (and live in Oregon), why not associate this to the Jail Blazers too.  Has nothing to do with the awesome state of Oregon and city of Portland.  Has to do with drug kings and losers of the drug world. I hope it isn't true, Anderson was not a trouble maker during his time in Portland that I can remember. Was a decent player who obviously got used to a good life style and after basketball to continue that lavish style he may have turned to drugs?  Again lets hope not.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:53 pm

Derek Anderson denies funding cocaine ring

Look what happens when the thug gotta get a job..they go into the import-export business..its all they know

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:08 pm

Derek Anderson denies funding cocaine ring

I don't think it has as much to do with him being a Jail Blazer as it does with this being a drugring based in Oregon and he played for a team in Oregon. Playing in Miami and Charlotte doesn't say much about your association with drugs in Oregon; playing in Portland does.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:45 pm

Derek Anderson denies funding cocaine ring

Arell - Because he was with them during the "Jail blazer" era and spent more time with them (4 seasons) than any other one team.  Honestly when I saw the headline I was expecting it to be Kenny Anderson!

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:27 pm

Derek Anderson denies funding cocaine ring

Why is he described as "ex-blazer" on the front page, but played for 7 other NBA teams and won a title with the Heat?  I think they just want to try and add him to the old list titled "Jailblazer" for a headline. 

Since: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:10 pm

Derek Anderson denies funding cocaine ring


Since: May 16, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:50 am

Derek Anderson denies funding cocaine ring

If this is true, Anderson is the biggest idiot ever. You made 58 million from your God given talent playing basketball, but you need to make a few thousand extra here and there from flipping keys ? Have you ever thought of investing in a legit, legal business ?

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