Isiah Thomas’ 1984 NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy has been returned after seeing it pop up on the site of an auction house.
The Detroit Pistons Hall of Famer posted a picture of himself holding the trophy on Friday, thanking Heritage Auctions and Twitter for the trophy’s safe return.
Thank you @HeritageAuction and all of Twitter universe for helping me get back my #MVP trophy that was stolen. @nba @DetroitPistons @NBATV A deep heartfelt thank you to all #family #friends #fans ❤️ pic.twitter.com/l4nmF7lQXb— Isiah Thomas (@IsiahThomas) August 28, 2020
Thomas had originally called out the auction house after it announced the trophy was up for bidding on Aug. 10. Per Thomas, the trophy was stolen from his old high school, where he had loaned it, in 2019 when his former coach, Gene Pingatore, died.
This trophy was stolen from St. Joseph High School the night Mr. Pingatore my coach died it belongs to me. You stole my trophy please return it! Let it be known @HeritageAuction @nba @nbatv @NBAonTNT https://t.co/G1SO0drszo— Isiah Thomas (@IsiahThomas) August 11, 2020
Heritage Auctions promptly took down the trophy from its site after reaching out to Thomas, law enforcement and the high school. It released a statement saying it does not sell stolen merchandise and investigates any claims that it is selling something illegally obtained.
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“It came as a shock to discover the MVP trophy had been stolen from St. Joseph,” said Chris Ivy, Heritage’s Director of Sports Auctions. “But we are pleased and proud to have been able to return the trophy to the man whose name is inscribed on the award.”
A few weeks later, the trophy was back in Thomas’ hands. However, the status of other things stolen from Thomas’ high school, including his Hall of Fame plaque, still remains unclear.
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