Chane Behanan of the Louisville Cardinals holds up five fingers for injured teammate Kevin Ware after the Cardinals defeat the Wichita State Shockers 72-68 during the 2013 Final Four Semifinal at the Georgia Dome on April 6, 2013 in Atlanta. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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Chane Behanan's 2012 Final Four ring stolen, posted on auction site, mother says

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The mother of Louisville forward Chane Behanan said Wednesday that the junior's 2012 Final Four ring posted on an online auction site was stolen.

Heaven Warren told The Associated Press that she was awaiting receipt of Behanan's ring from Grey Flannel Auctions, which stopped bidding on the ring Wednesday after she told the website it had been stolen.

The Westhampton, N.Y., company had no comment when contacted by the AP.

"This is not Chane's doing. ... I would just like to find out how someone got this ring [and] I would like to post their name," Warren said.

The player's mother said she has talked with Louisville coach Rick Pitino and the school's compliance department about the matter. Basketball spokesman Kenny Klein said the school was looking into the situation.

Before last season, Louisville players were given personalized light gold rings featuring a large diamond centered in ruby red and surrounded by a circle of smaller diamonds for playing in the Final Four.

Warren said her son gave his ring to his grandmother, who didn't know it was missing until Warren called her after receiving a text that it had been posted for bidding online. Warren said her mother was planning to file a police report in Cincinnati, where she lives.

Behanan was "very upset" upon hearing the ring was missing, Warren said, adding that he was aware that selling memorabilia is prohibited by NCAA rules.

"Why would he sell his ring with his name on it?" Warren said. "He gave that to his grandmother to keep."

The forward, who recently returned from a 26-day suspension for violating unspecified team rules, also has jewelry from Louisville's other postseason achievements. Warren said Behanan wears the ring from the Cardinals' NCAA championship this past spring every day.

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