For whatever reason, quite the brouhaha — or hubbub, if you prefer — erupted on social media Monday when an LSU SEC championship ring from the 2011 season belonging to former star cornerback Morris Claiborne showed up on eBay for the low, low price of $100,000.
The problem? According to Claiborne himself, he was unaware the ring was up for auction and claimed it was taken without his knowledge.
Below is a statement attributed to Claiborne and sent out early Tuesday afternoon through the LSU sports information department:
I was not aware that my LSU ring from the 2011 season was being auctioned on eBay until I saw a post about it yesterday afternoon on social media. I love LSU and treasure all of my LSU possessions. I would never sell any of my LSU memorabilia as the time I spent on the LSU campus are some of my most special memories. The ring was taken from me without my knowledge and I’ve taken the necessary steps to get it back. I truly apologize to all LSU fans, teammates, coaches and supporters for this unfortunate situation. I am forever an LSU Tiger.
According to the eBay page on which the ring was being sold, the bidding ended at (:36 p.m. yesterday night. The site states “[t]his listing was ended by the seller because the item is no longer available.” The seller, “brigg.lager,” has no other items up for sale on the site.