Basketball Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing revealed during a radio broadcast Tuesday that his two Olympic gold medals and his NCAA championship ring were stolen during a 1999 break-in.
Ewing, who won gold with the U.S. Olympic team in 1984 and 1992, also had the NCAA title ring he earned with Georgetown University taken but was able to recover it.
“My house got broken into in New York and at one point they stole my medals,” Ewing told Patrick. “So I called Jerry Colangelo (former USA Basketball chairman), and he was great to be able to get me two replacement medals.”
Ewing won the 1992 medal as part of the Dream Team, when the United States fielded its first roster of primarily professional players.
Ewing, who played 17 seasons in the NBA and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, said the championship ring he won as a member of the Hoyas was recovered when thieves tried to sell it in an online auction, ESPN reported.
"They did take my college championship ring, but someone tried to sell it on eBay and I was able to get that back,” Ewing said.
Ewing, an 11-time NBA All-Star, told Patrick this was the first time he had talked about the thefts, ESPN reported.
“This is the first time I really spoke about it,” Ewing said. “Sometimes it sucks to be well-known.”
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