Somebody has stolen Austin Carr’s retired jersey from the Cleveland rafters

Kelly Dwyer

Poor Austin Carr. Not only has the long-suffering Cleveland Cavaliers broadcaster had to suffer through an 80-195 Cavalier record in the years since LeBron James left northern Ohio, but now he’s had to watch as his retired No. 34 jersey was apparently stolen from the rafters at the Quicken Loans Arena.

Tom Withers, who covers the Cavs for the Associated Press, did a little sleuthing during Cleveland’s embarrassing 100-89 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night after noticing that Carr’s (who played with the Cavaliers from 1971-1980) jersey was missing:

The Cavaliers indirectly fingered those ne’er do wells at the WWE on Wednesday:

A Cavs spokesman tells FOX 8 that they are still investigating what happened to Carr’s famed #34 jersey.

According to Jeff Schaefer of the Cavs, the jersey was up during the WWE wrestling event on Monday night and went missing by Tuesday morning.

The team has no further details on the missing jersey.

This has not been an easy year for the Cavs, made much worse by the theft of a representation of the great career of Carr, who many have come around on as one of the NBA’s most entertaining color analysts and a must-follow on Twitter.

Here’s a shot of the jersey from back before this cruel, unforgiving theft took place:

Come home soon, Austin Carr’s Retired Jersey. The Cavaliers can’t take too many more shots to the bow.

(Hat-tip: Cleveland Scene.)

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