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Brown says 1964 title ring was stolen from him

The auction for Jim Brown’s 1964 NFL title ring has generated a little buzz.  Not all of it would be regarded as positive.

Via Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Brown claims that the ring being offered for sale is hot.

It was stolen from me many years ago, in the late 1960s’’ Brown told Tomasson.  “I’m surprised to hear that it’s publicly for sale because whoever got it should know that I didn’t give it up. . . .  I’m going to see what I can do about it.”

The listing at contends that the ownership chain has been narrow and clear:  “Jim Brown to family member to Lelands to Cleveland Sport Collection auction buyer back to”  The description of the ring also contends that Brown personally inspected the ring and confirmed its authenticity when first offered the ring in 1998.

Maybe it was a different Jim Brown.

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81 Responses to “Brown says 1964 title ring was stolen from him”
  1. surfinbird1 says: Jul 7, 2014 6:06 PM

    Get a hold of O.J. and his crew, they’ll help you get it back.

  2. grabgrabgrab says: Jul 7, 2014 6:06 PM

    I’m confused… In a prior article, it read “ claims that “ that original auction preview, Jim Brown himself inspected the ring and acknowledged its authenticity.””

    So he did an inspection on a ring that was stolen from him, but didn’t report the incident, or kick some tail and take it back???

  3. 64post says: Jul 7, 2014 6:07 PM

    It’s the curse of the missing ring the keeps the Browns in the dumper year after year. When Jim gets his ring back the Browns they”ll be good again.

  4. canetic says: Jul 7, 2014 6:07 PM

    I’m going to buy that ring just to tick off Jim Brown.

  5. 4thquartermagic says: Jul 7, 2014 6:08 PM

    I am not going to lie. At first glance I was like:

    “Well obviously this is a fake, The Factory of Sadness” hasn’t ever won anything.”

  6. drfeelyouup says: Jul 7, 2014 6:10 PM

    Give the man his ring back!

  7. unlimitedcriticism says: Jul 7, 2014 6:11 PM

    He might have forgotten giving it away. Or laments that he did. I’m sure there would be a police report to verify the matter.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 7, 2014 6:15 PM

    Must be Brown’s ring. Says so right on it.

  9. nyneal says: Jul 7, 2014 6:16 PM

    He probably gave it to a hooker.

  10. bobby2478 says: Jul 7, 2014 6:17 PM

    just because the auction company says Brown inspected it and that the ring wasn’t stolen, doesn’t mean it never was stolen and that they aren’t lying about Brown inspecting it.

    i wouldn’t be surprised at all if the ring is in fact hot, Brown did report it as stolen, and the auction company just got caught trying to peddle stolen goods.

  11. robert831 says: Jul 7, 2014 6:20 PM


  12. purpleguy says: Jul 7, 2014 6:21 PM

    Let me beat Packer fans to the punch — he said this in MN while here for the MLB All Star game — there aren’t any Super Bowl rings here.

  13. alshonbrandontandem says: Jul 7, 2014 6:28 PM

    Viking fans:
    That’s a picture of a championship ring. I know you’ve never seen one so I figured I’d point that out.

    Carry on

  14. pkrlvr says: Jul 7, 2014 6:29 PM

    Sellers remorse…..

  15. ccc23454 says: Jul 7, 2014 6:30 PM

    cocaine : its a hell of a drug

  16. mediasloppy says: Jul 7, 2014 6:30 PM

    Old school ring. The diamond instead of Diamond(s). I’m not sure what I like better.

  17. orivar says: Jul 7, 2014 6:31 PM

    He said/she said. It could be true, it could be a lie. And not everybody files a police report on everything stolen. Great grandfather didn’t when a neighbor we were cool with stole his gold watch.

    Anyways until more information comes out no opinion from me. Not enough to give one.

  18. kegowhisky says: Jul 7, 2014 6:32 PM

    That screeching sound you hear in the background is the brakes being put on the auction deal!

  19. seachicken64 says: Jul 7, 2014 6:32 PM

    I’ll bet he beat the tar out of whatever female family member took that ring.

  20. ducksk says: Jul 7, 2014 6:34 PM

    Jimmy, jimbo, Jim. Why lie? You needed some doe. No harm in admitting it. Buy it back if you want it so bad. Please keep it real.

  21. dalcow4 says: Jul 7, 2014 6:39 PM

    Surely Brown’s original quote was ““It was stolen from me many years ago, in the late 1960s, and I am the greatest running back of all time.”

  22. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 7, 2014 6:41 PM

    He should bid what he thinks the ring is worth and then dish out some lawsuits based on the market value of the ring as determined by the winning bid.

  23. 5to46hawkfan says: Jul 7, 2014 6:48 PM

    “Hey cool….. Wait, no – hey wait a minute. I want this ring because it’s the closest ill ever get to one”, exclaimed Krappernik

  24. psly2124 says: Jul 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    Most likely brown gave the ring to a family member and is pissed off that they sold it. Brown is most likely embarrassed that the ring is selling for so little. Brown has always been an angry person.

  25. icdogg says: Jul 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    From the auction listing

    ” The provenance and chain of title is well-documented: Jim Brown to family member to Lelands to Cleveland Sport Collection auction buyer back to and now to you.”

  26. realityonetwo says: Jul 7, 2014 6:58 PM

    “I want my daddy’s records!”

  27. wwwmattcom says: Jul 7, 2014 6:58 PM

    Donate Whitener needs to know, that right ring is from the organization that is in Baltimore now.

  28. nite2al says: Jul 7, 2014 6:59 PM

    There is a “ring” of truth to his story.

  29. NoWearMan says: Jul 7, 2014 7:00 PM

    1) i am a cleveland native in my late 40’s.
    2) i looked up donkey in the dictionary and saw a picture of jim brown.
    3) i suggest to all the factory of sadness donkeys look up how many NFL titles the browns have won. Let me put it this way….if this year they changed the name of the world series to something else, would the yankees therefore suck?

  30. sonofad says: Jul 7, 2014 7:03 PM

    Adrian Peterson just needed to borrow one and pretend he doesn’t keep finishing in last place.

  31. mybrunoblog says: Jul 7, 2014 7:06 PM

    Brown said “Wait, somebody gonna pay $40 or $50K for that damm thing? Umm, that thing was stolen. Yeah stolen, years ago. Where’s my money?”

  32. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jul 7, 2014 7:07 PM


  33. hawkwind8 says: Jul 7, 2014 7:09 PM

    This ring, if real, has to be worth a lot of money.

  34. thefiesty1 says: Jul 7, 2014 7:13 PM

    1964? That’s the last time the Browns were relevant and their last championship for another 50 years.

  35. tjacks7 says: Jul 7, 2014 7:19 PM

    I thought he was taking a page from the Warren Sapp guide to filing bankruptcy:

    Step 1: if you have a championship ring, report it lost or stolen.

    But after reading the article maybe he’s getting his ducks in a row for some of that concussion money.

  36. citiciti says: Jul 7, 2014 7:25 PM


  37. bensstinkyfingers says: Jul 7, 2014 7:26 PM

    Guessing it resurfaced from one of his ex ladies who finally passed it after Jimbo laid his pimp hand down on her and it popped off down her gullet. Should be rightfully returned to original owner.

  38. lsmith29530 says: Jul 7, 2014 7:31 PM

    I am SHOCKED!! no Steelers fan not yet reminding us all about there 6 rings, Well my BROWN’S fan here’s 1 of 8 you can show them. and as always GO! BROWNS

  39. belicheathater says: Jul 7, 2014 7:32 PM

    It’s a Brown’s players ring. It’s worth nothing.

  40. chargrz says: Jul 7, 2014 7:39 PM


  41. akboot says: Jul 7, 2014 7:50 PM

    I call B.S. Yeah sure jim, everyone believes you. “I’ll see what I can do about it”. LMAO. Not the words of someone who had their ring stolen says, sorry, aint buyin it. That’s as bad as saying, “I reeeeeeeeealy like girls”. Packer fans cringe over that one.

  42. crussell75 says: Jul 7, 2014 8:00 PM

    Of all the rings that I have stolen, this one is my favorite.

  43. youpeopleareallthesame says: Jul 7, 2014 8:13 PM

    I don’t understand the rivalry between Packers and Vikings fans. It is SO one sided. Yet, you all seem to show up and trash the other fan base. Even steelers and ravens aren’t remotely that bad

  44. footballfan72 says: Jul 7, 2014 8:25 PM

    Was it a Philly fan that took it? They’ve been dying to get their hand on a championship ring for over 50 years!

  45. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 7, 2014 8:37 PM

    Did whoever stole it buff out whatever team really won the title and put Cleveland on it?

  46. jacobk621 says: Jul 7, 2014 8:45 PM

    The “OJ” post is by far the best I’ve seen on this subject !! ,,,, Lmao !!!!

  47. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 7, 2014 8:48 PM

    That ring looks too new to be legit. A ring from 1964 would not be that shiny. Looks like a replica

  48. mortwannabe says: Jul 7, 2014 8:53 PM

    My precious!!

  49. bestinafcnorth says: Jul 7, 2014 8:55 PM

    Jim still thinks the team is named after him.

  50. SparkyGump says: Jul 7, 2014 8:59 PM

    One ring to rule them all. One ring to bring glory to the Land of Cleve. One ring to be returned to it’s rightful owner. Precious! Bring Jim his Precious!

  51. georgeexley says: Jul 7, 2014 9:01 PM

    bobby2478 , Re read.

  52. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:16 PM

    Based on the claim that Brown went to the auction house and verified that this is his ring … I’m thinking the ring is as fake as the person who did the verifying.

    Someone trying to sell counterfeit sports memorabilia? Heaven forbid!

  53. timmyp716 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:22 PM

    I heard Donte Wimpner bought the ring to make himself feel better

  54. whatjusthapped says: Jul 7, 2014 9:30 PM

    You don’t need to go to detective school to know that if a Viking has a ring, its stolen from somewhere.

  55. litemater95 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:36 PM

    He lost it during “Mars Attacks”

  56. bucs4redskinsname says: Jul 7, 2014 9:41 PM

    Someone should steal Jim Brown’s mouth so we don’t have the hear the narcissistic racist loud mouth anymore.

  57. devildog911 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:46 PM

    Cleveland Browns + Championship = Priceless!

  58. getyourownname says: Jul 7, 2014 9:52 PM

    How many times have we seen players claim their rings were stolen to avoid embarrassment, only to see later an affidavit they signed authenticating the ring?

    The company is in the business of auctioning rings, I think they have enough experience in making sure they are covered.

  59. stigman2012 says: Jul 7, 2014 10:05 PM

    Statute of limitations passed on the theft years ago. Even if it were stolen then…oh well now.

    Please proceed, Mr. Auction Man.

  60. jredshoes says: Jul 7, 2014 10:26 PM

    Now we know that Johnny Rootball was merely rolling up a twenty to see if the ring would fit without resizing

  61. indianarams says: Jul 7, 2014 10:31 PM

    There’s 6 more on the on-line auction site. Looks just like it. Hey wait a minute…

  62. tictoccpthook says: Jul 7, 2014 11:09 PM

    Browns chatter: arrests, Who is QB, what’s the owner thinking, can this coach make it, and championship rings from half a century ago. This is a soap opera.

  63. rivergoblin says: Jul 7, 2014 11:13 PM

    The precious, give me the precious

  64. riverhorsey says: Jul 7, 2014 11:19 PM

    Did he file a police report when it was stolen? If not he probably sold it himself or lost it to a gambling debt.

  65. campcouch says: Jul 8, 2014 12:05 AM

    You guys really hate old man Jim Brown huh?

  66. xsm941f says: Jul 8, 2014 12:07 AM

    As usual with JB there’s drama (the man can do both great and ridiculous stuff) but that said, let’s not (at least those who know) forget that he is by consensus the best player ever. Only Jerry Rice is even close.

  67. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 8, 2014 12:10 AM

    Screw Jim Brown. This is probably nothing more than a publicity stunt, he craves the attention.

  68. wringworm says: Jul 8, 2014 12:22 AM

    Leland’s should know that just because the ring became dislodged during a good backhanding doesn’t make it a transaction of possession. Heck even the hoe was smart enough to hock it rather than claiming it her own!

  69. tooz72 says: Jul 8, 2014 6:55 AM

    Brown is a scammer

  70. mackie66 says: Jul 8, 2014 7:05 AM

    Dear,,what did I do with my teeth,,,they were sitting on the bathroom window seal. I bet they were stolen? Dear have you seen my teeth?

  71. mcmccii says: Jul 8, 2014 8:27 AM

    Jim Brown talks in circles constantly.

  72. bassplucker says: Jul 8, 2014 8:34 AM

    So, if I buy this ring, does all of Jim’s bitterness come with? Or do I have to pay extra for that?

  73. 700levelvet says: Jul 8, 2014 9:11 AM

    “Get off my lawn”!!!!

  74. indians4evr says: Jul 8, 2014 9:11 AM

    Perhaps the Brown’s would have another championship. If they would start drafting QB’s that aspire to be Dr’s and not Johnny B Cools; Who will soon be Johnny Come Lately.

    I wonder if Art took it from Jim for his horrible acting?

  75. 23rdusernameused says: Jul 8, 2014 10:42 AM


  76. boothlustig says: Jul 8, 2014 11:09 AM

    Ring slipped off at a Belgian resort while Brown was throwing hand grenades down a series air shafts trying to kill as many German Generals as possible in preparation for the Normandy landing. Hope that clears up the issue.

  77. defscottyb says: Jul 8, 2014 11:21 AM

    Sounds like Jim is broke and needs some money. All of a sudden it’s stolen now. Lol

  78. handsofsweed says: Jul 8, 2014 11:46 AM

    No, lsmith29530, there aren’t any Steeler fans talking about six rings. Why would there be?

    However, there IS one Browns fan here who doesn’t understand the difference between 4 titles won in a Junior-Varsity league known as the All-American Football Conference from 1946-49 and actual WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS won by teams that are in the NFL.

    Not in the NFL = not playing for a World Title, no matter what.

    Don’t discredit the epic Browns World title teams of 1950, 54, 55 and 64 by pretending that winning the AAFC somehow equals a World Title.

  79. mediasloppy says: Jul 8, 2014 12:50 PM

    youpeopleareallthesame says: Jul 7, 2014 8:13 PM

    I don’t understand the rivalry between Packers and Vikings fans. It is SO one sided. Yet, you all seem to show up and trash the other fan base. Even steelers and ravens aren’t remotely that bad

    It’s mostly just the same people trolling each others threads. Makes everyone look like zealots though.

  80. skolnolombardilovers says: Jul 8, 2014 1:08 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Jul 7, 2014 9:30 PM
    You don’t need to go to detective school to know that if a Viking has a ring, its stolen from somewhere.

    Quit picking on the Vikings The player could e a free agent from the Packers now playying for them or maybe a former (retired?) Packer choking away their chance to go to the Superbowl

  81. maverickstar says: Jul 8, 2014 6:28 PM

    Going back to the original article…its says Brown acknowledged its authenticity to the auction house in 1998. Also Brown says he believes he might have filed a police report.

    Either he did or he didn’t. If he did there should be record. The should also be news some mention of it being stolen sometime in the last 40+ years since it was supposedly stolen. I would be willing to bet he did give it to a family member a long time ago that sold it off. And at 78, a former pro football player from the 60’s might have a little trouble remembering all the details of things back then.

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