Report: Jim Brown says 1964 title ring on auction was stolen from him

Tuesday July 8th, 2014

Hall of Fame fullback Jim Brown said the 1964 title ring that went up for auction in July was stolen from him decades ago, according to a report from Chris Tomasson of on Monday.

The 78-year-old nine-time Pro Bowler said the championship ring -- which had a listing price of $33,275 after four bids on Monday night -- was taken from his Cleveland home in the late 1960s. He said he was surprised to see the person go public with it through an auction, according to the report:

"It was stolen from me many years ago, in the late 1960s. I’m surprised to hear that it’s publicly for sale because whoever got it should know that I didn’t give it up."

According to the auction site,, "the ring was obtained directly from a Brown immediate family member and sold by in 1998. During that original auction preview, Jim Brown himself inspected the ring and acknowledged its authenticity.”

Brown denies that claim and said there was a police report filed after the theft of the ring, according to the report.

The auction closes July 25. 

--Marc Weinreich 

SI WIRE: Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney says goal is to sack Colts QB Andrew Luck

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.