Basketball great Patrick Ewing reveals theft of Olympic gold medals, Georgetown title ring

Patrick Ewing reveals his gold medals and NCAA championship ring were stolen in 1999

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.

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Speaking on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Ewing, 57, now the basketball coach at his alma mater, discussed the theft of his memorabilia, ESPN reported.

“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.

A court document detailing a 1999 break-in at Ewing’s home in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, lists the championship ring as being stolen, NBC Sports reported. The ring was recovered in 2003.

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.”

Patrick Ewing won Olympic gold in 1984 and 1992 and an NCAA championship in 1984.
Patrick Ewing won Olympic gold in 1984 and 1992 and an NCAA championship in 1984. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)