Jim Brown July 2014

NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says the title ring he won with the Cleveland Browns in 1964 has been stolen from him. It was being auctioned.

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

Josh Evans, the chairman of Lelands.com, says that the ring he is selling isn't stolen in that Brown claims.

"We never sell anything that has been stolen or not authenticated,'' Evans said. "It's unfortunate that [Brown] has gone in this direction, but it came from a family member who turned around and sold it.''

Brown says he wants the ring back.

"I'm going to definitely do whatever action is open to me because my property was stolen and I haven't authenticated anything,'' Brown said. "It's my property so [Leland.com's sale] should be against the law.

"My friends are calling me and thinking that I sold the ring or something. Why would I sell my championship ring?''

Brown ran for 114 yards on 27 carries to help lead the Browns to a 27-0 victory over the Baltimore Colts back in that 1964 title game. It would be the last time a Cleveland sports franchise has ever won a championship.


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