Chidi Ahanotu To Give Up Championship Ring: Ex-Rams Player Ordered To Hand Over Ring

Jan 19, 2011 | Updated May 25, 2011

A judge ordered former St. Louis Rams defensive end Chidi Ahanotu on Tuesday to surrender the championship ring he won after the 2002 NFC title game.

According to Anwar Richardson of the Tampa Tribune, Ahanotu's ex-wife's lawyers are trying to get the ring in order to "pay more than $130,000 in legal fees owed by the former football player."

"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 reportedly tried to protect the ring, telling Circuit Judge Elizabeth Rice that he gave it to his brother "to settle a $30,000 debt."

In September, he said he couldn't afford to pay his ex-wife the $130,000 in legal fees over a custody battle.

Now, he must give up the ring or "risk being jailed for contempt of court."

Ahanotu spent 12 years in the NFL, playing with the Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.