Former Tigers' NCAA ring stolen during graduation - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former Tigers' NCAA ring stolen during graduation

Picture of 1995 Tigers ring. Wilson's looks just like this and it has #23 on the side. (Source: Wilson family) Picture of 1995 Tigers ring. Wilson's looks just like this and it has #23 on the side. (Source: Wilson family)
Wilson and his family at UofM's graduation (Source: Family) Wilson and his family at UofM's graduation (Source: Family)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A graduation ceremony for former Memphis Tiger and Harlem Globetrotter Michael Wilson was spoiled when someone stole his NCAA ring as he received his diploma.

It took Wilson 20 years to earn his degree and get to walk across the graduation stage.

Wilson made a name for himself in Memphis, helping the Tigers to two NCAA tournaments. For more than a decade, he traveled the world with the Harlem Globetrotters. Twenty years after his Tigers career wrapped up, he became a graduate of the University of Memphis.

“It was one of the best weekends of my life,” Wilson said.

Wilson earned the ring in 1995 when the Tigers made the Sweet 16. He believes it was taken from his car while his family stayed at The Westin.

“The keys to our car were either in my possession or the valet’s possession at all times,” he said.

Wilson wanted his wife to wear the ring to graduation because the ring meant a lot to him, as did his graduation. He hoped to give the ring to his son one day.

“She knows specifically she put the ring in her makeup bag,” Wilson said. “She asked me to get the ring from her makeup bag Saturday morning, and I got her makeup bag and it wasn't in there.”

On their drive home to Washington, D.C. on Monday, the family realized their son’s laptop and an iPhone were also missing. Wilson’s wife then filed a police report.

“It just kind of put a damper on one of the greatest weekends of my life,” Wilson said.

Wilson said the items are replaceable, but the ring meant so much to him because it was something he worked hard for with so many good players and coaches.

“It would really mean a lot to me,” he said. “If they want money, I'll pay money for it. But it really meant a lot to me.”

His wife has been calling pawn shops, doing what she can since she knows what the ring means to him.

“I will not rest until my husband's ring is back on his finger,” Allyson Wilson said.

The Westin Hotel’s general manager said they take all allegations seriously. The hotel is now investigating and going through their video surveillance.

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