“They did their risk assessment,” Bryant said of the Heat. “I flew down there and told them what I knew: ‘I can tell you, he didn’t do anything wrong.’ Holy hallelujah for the guru Pat Riley.”
Bryant went on a media blitz last week to clear Andersen’s name before the start of training camp, which begins Tuesday in the Bahamas. The Douglas County (Colo.) District Attorney’s office also released a statement confirming that it was not pursuing charges of any kind against Andersen.
Bryant said investigators for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Douglas County, Colo., contacted him during the Heat’s playoff run to schedule a meeting with Andersen and explain how he was duped. To avoid causing an unwanted distraction for the team, Bryant said he and Andersen delayed their meeting until after the postseason.
“Seven or 10 days after the championship he’s unhappy as hell,” Bryant said of Andersen. “He’s like, ‘Dude, I want my name back,’ and I said, ‘Dude, that’s my championship. I’m getting your name back.’”
At the meeting with the case’s investigators, a constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a Douglas County detective explained with charts and graphics how Andersen was scammed.
“He and I kept looking at each other like, ‘What and what and what?’” Bryant said. “Chris is looking at this chart and saying, ‘Why am I over here?’ and he’s just shaking his head and I said, ‘Dude, they couldn’t make this [expletive] up.’”