Carl Herrera asks for help to recover two stolen rings

“As many of you already know, the two NBA champion rings of 1994 and 1995 were stolen from me in Venezuela, in two separate, unfortunate events that I never thought would happen,” Herrera, who played as a forward, wrote on his account. from Instagram.

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EFE

02:12 PM / 22/11/2020

The first Venezuelan basketball player to play the NBA, Carl Herrera, launched a campaign this Sunday 22-N to recover the two championship rings that he won in 1994 and 1995 with the Houston Rockets and that were stolen.

“As many of you already know, the two NBA champion rings of 1994 and 1995 were stolen from me in Venezuela, in two separate, unfortunate events that I never thought would happen,” Herrera, who played as a forward, wrote on his account. from Instagram.

The former player, who made his debut in the US league in 1991, stated that he never believed that the two rings could be stolen from him because of the “respect and consideration” he always had for Venezuela and for “representing all” the citizens of his country “each time that “he entered a field anywhere in the world.”

“Now I would like, with great respect to all of you, to help me carry out a campaign to recover the rings. That they carry this message to all the people who can and thus reach those who may have some information that helps to find them,” said the 53-year-old former athlete.

According to him, the campaign does not seek “any type of persecution of people who have them, but rather that they understand that these objects are a valuable part of the historical and sports memory of Venezuela.”

“Further, They have a sentimental value that you and I understand, so they must be where they belong, “he added.

Herrera began his professional career in the basketball section of Real Madrid CF, where, after a good season in which the team won the Korac Cup, he packed his bags for Houston.

There, he shared a dressing room with the legend Hakeem Olajuwon, who baptized him as “Friend”.

After four seasons with the Rockets, “Amigo” Herrera signed for the San Antonio Spurs, a team with which he was linked until the 97/98 season. After a tour of several franchises, in 99/00 he went to play in his country.

He was also part of the best Venezuelan basketball team, the so-called “Heroes of Portland”, who won the silver medal at the 1992 FIBA ​​Americas Championship, in which only the American “Dream Team” deprived them of gold.

Thanks to that silver, Vinotinto qualified for the first time for the Olympic games, those of Barcelona 1992.

Herrera did not give more information about the robberies, but in 2014 he was shot in the arm on the Venezuelan island of Margarita, in the middle of the Caribbean, during an attempted robbery.

The bullet lodged in his lung and, he later said, he can live with it inside his body thanks to the movement he made with his arm when he was shot.

Herrera’s request had the immediate support of several Venezuelan athletes such as former NBA player Greivis Vásquez.

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