Court orders ex-Ram to turn over championship ring

Chidi Ahanotu has been ordered by a judge in Tampa to turn over his 2002 St. Louis Rams NFC Championship ring in order to help pay legal fees owed by the retired defensive lineman.

Ahanotu, who spent the majority of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, owes more than $130,000 in legal fees to lawyers for his ex-wife, according to Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune, and the court wants the jewelry to raise some funds.

“This court system is a farce," Ahanotu said. "This court wants a man to hand over his once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment to pay some damn attorney's fees? I could see if it was going to pay something for my children or my ex-wife.''

Ahanotu has been trying to protect the ring for months, at one point saying he had sold it to his brother to settle a $30,000 debt. According to Ahanotu, the court believes it can raise more than $10,000 with the ring. That seems high considering it is not a Super Bowl championship ring, and it’s not from a super popular franchise.

Ahanotu says he is too broke to hire attorneys, and he doubts the ring will fetch more than $500. That will be $500 less he owes the ex-wife’s attorneys.

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