Did Derek Anderson finance a cocaine ring?
A convicted drug dealer offered testimony against a partner charged with murder that said former NBA player Derek Anderson may have financed a cocaine operation.
WAVE TV in Louisville, Ky. reported Tuesday that Francois Cunningham, a former high school star athlete, exchanged recorded testimony for an early release on drug trafficking charges. A portion of his testimony seemed to implicate Anderson, who last played in the NBA in 2008.
According to the report, Cunningham was asked by detectives if Anderson was present at any of his drug buys.
“Nah, he stays away from you know, he’s just the money and he’s not going to get around any of it,” said Cunningham, according to the report. “But that’s who funnels the money.”
Anderson has never been charged with a crime connected to the investigation. He is a native of Louisville who played for the University of Kentucky and in the NBA for seven teams from 1997-2008. He made an estimated $60 million in salary during that time.
The target of the probe is Ricky Kelly, once charged with eight murders but now facing one murder charge in federal court. Cunningham testified that he did surveillance for Kelly on individuals who were later murdered by his partner.