Source: USA TODAY
When Louisville forward Chane Behanan’s mother, Heaven Warren, saw on Tuesday night that her son’s 2012 Final Four ring was up for auction, she thought it had to be a fake. She knew Behanan’s ring was tucked safely in a jewelry box at her mother’s home in Cincinnati.
But when she called her mother, Maxine, and told her to check for the ring, it was gone. Warren said that she spoke to a representative from Grey Flannel Auctions on Wednesday morning and told him the ring had been stolen.
The listing was subsequently removed from the company’s Website, and Warren said she was told the ring would be returned to her family. Prior to its removal, the ring had received three bids, pushing the listing above $600.
Warren said she asked how Grey Flannel had obtained the ring, but was told only that it had been acquired from a “reputable source.”
“Nobody in our family even knew the ring was even gone until this all came up,” Warren said by telephone on Wednesday. “It’s a huge shock to us.”
Warren said she spoke to Behanan about the situation and said that he was “distraught” after working so diligently to get back on the team following his suspension earlier this season. She scoffed at the notion that Behanan might sell the ring – especially considering his name is engraved on it – but she understands the gravity of the situation.
“This is a horrible thing for Chane,” Warren said. “This is back-to-back stuff. Chane’s a good kid who’s made some bad choices, but right now, this one right here, was completely out of his hands. It had nothing to do with him at all.”
University of Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said the school is still looking into the matter.
A person close to the team also said Behanan is “just as surprised as everyone else and has nothing to do with it.”
Warren said that after Behanan received his 2012 Final Four ring, she brought it to her mother’s home in Cincinnati – the house in which Chane was raised – because she figured it would be safe there. She said the home was never broken into, but she described it as a hub of social activity.
“Everybody congregates there,” Warren said. “On any given day you can go to my mother’s house, and it’s always somebody there. She’s the one that takes people in if somebody needs a place to stay… friends, cousins, long-distance cousins. There’s really no telling who will be there.”
Now, Warren says, it appears that someone who passed through the home took the ring. She said none of her mother’s other jewelry was missing, however.
Warren said that Behanan has all the other rings and keepsakes he has received from Loiusville – such as his national championship ring – in his possession. She was also thankful that Grey Flannel indicated it would return Behanan’s 2012 Final Four ring.
“And now they’re all going in a safety-deposit box,” Warren said. “I really was not expecting to get the [2012 Final Four ring] back. I just want to know who took it, and when it could have been taken.”
Adam Himmelsbach also writes for the Louisville Courier-Journal, a Gannett company.