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, Lelands.com, "the ring was obtained directly from a Brown immediate family member and sold by Lelands.com 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.