Did he or didn't he? Berry ring saga plays on

Did he or didn't he? Berry ring saga plays on
January 14, 2014, 11:00 am
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The auction house that is selling Damien Berry's Super Bowl ring is crying foul over Berry's claims that he never intended to sell the ring.

To review, Berry was a running back for the Ravens in 2012 who spent the entire season in injured reserve. But, as a member of the team, he received a Super Bowl ring, which he put up for sale less than a year later. Or did he?

Berry continues to insist through various media that he had no intention of selling the ring, that a friend unknowingly sold the ring to a third party, which put it up for auction.

Hold on a second, says the auction house.

Goldin Auctions, which is conducting an online auction of sports memorabilia, including Berry's ring, has paperwork signed by Berry and dated Aug. 30 that suggests Berry knew exactly what he was doing.

 In addition, Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions, told the Baltimore Sun that Berry and a witness went to a Florida bank to have the sales agreement notarized, and that Berry was given two cashier's checks that he cashed at the bank.

An angry Goldin told CSNBaltimore that he was "stunned" when Berry publicly questioned the validity of the sale.

"It's highly important to us that we demonstrate to all of our customers that anything they purchase from us they've received free and clear of any liens and any encumbrances and have clear title," Goldin said. "And we will take whatever action is appropriate to protect the rights of our consignors, our customers who purchase the product, as well as our good name."

"On Aug. 30, when he sold the ring, he preferred to have the money, and that's fine," Goldin added. "A lot of athletes do that. There's nothing wrong with it. But when you do that, you need to be able to stand up to so many questions and say, 'Yes, I sold the ring. I have better uses for the money. And that's it. End of story. Don't be embarrassed. Nothing to hide. Yes, I sold the ring. I wanted the money."

Goldin, who has been in the collectibles business for more than 20 years, said the Berry situation is a first.

"I've never had someone who signed a notarized sales document go on television and say, 'I didn't sell my ring. I didn't intend to sell my ring. A friend took my ring. The dog ate my homework, whatever else," he said.

The auction runs until Feb. 7. As of now, there have been five bids on Berry's ring, with the latest at $36,603.

Berry was with the Ravens again this past training camp but then was cut on Aug. 25 -- five days before he signed that paperwork.

So did he intend to sell the ring or didn't he? Given the signed paperwork, the cashier's checks, and the notary and witness, Berry's claim is losing traction. It seems much more plausible that Berry wanted the money for some reason, or was bitter about being cut and sold the ring five days later and now is having seller's remorse.

Either way, one thing is for certain: Berry has made more headlines with this ring sale than he ever did while playing for the Ravens.