Jun 28, 2013; Independence, OH, USA; Former Cleveland Cavaliers players Austin Carr (left) and Campy Russell (center) talk with head coach Mike Brown during a press conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Carr’s retired jersey stolen from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland

Austin Carr played nine seasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is third on their all-time scoring list, and averaged 16.2 points per game when he was in Cleveland (including 21.2 points per game in his rookie season).

Those accolades warranted a jersey retirement after he retired, and his number 34 proudly hung from the rafters of Quicken Loans Arena. That is, until the WWE got in the arena. According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the banner was hinging prior to Monday night’s WWE event, but when the Cavs took on the Pelicans Tuesday night, it was missing.

Team officials confirmed to the Plain Dealer that they are investigating the situation internally, but they have not called the police. Carr now serves as a color analyst on the TV broadcast for the Cavaliers, and he has been critical of the team this year.

If you ask me, Carr’s jersey was probably stolen by number one pick Anthony Bennett to get back at him, and that’s why he scored a career-high 15 points in the first game played since it was stolen. This has been a disappointing season for Cleveland, and this is just and odd story. They hope to have a replacement by February 5th, when the Cavs take on the Lakers.

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