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Jun 12, 2013 5:22 PM by Ian Auzenne (Photo Courtesy: ABC News)

Former IceGator accidentally sells wife's ring in garage sale

A former Louisiana IceGator is in hot water with his wife after he accidentally sold her $23,000 diamond wedding ring for $10 in a June 1 garage sale.

Eric Cloutier's wife Rachel says her husband put out items he thought the family no longer needed, incluing an empty watch box. There was one slight problem: Rachel hid her wedding band in that box before recently giving birth.

When she returned from the hospital on June 5, Cloutier couldn't find the box or her ring.

She told ABC News, "I go into my husband's closet, can't find the box, and then he tells me he sold it. I said, 'You sold it? What do you mean you sold it?' I immediately started crying."

Cloutier says a blonde woman made the purchase and is asking for the return of her jewelry.

"I would never, ever keep the ring if I had found it," Cloutier said. "If you're honest, you're honest. Clearly, the ring was in the box by accident."

Eric Cloutier played for the IceGators from 1997 through 1999 before going into business as a bar owner in Lafayette.

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