Now Lelands has filed a countersuit, and in the docs it explains that Brown had left the ring with his ex-wife Sue Brown when they initially split up, and he left Ohio for Hollywood.
Sue and Jim's divorce was finalized in 1972 and she got the Ohio home where they lived together, a condo -- AND the title to the Championship Ring ... according to the docs. Sue eventually sold the ring to a sports memorabilia collector sometime in the 80s.
The Ring went to a couple of other collectors before ending up at Lelands. The auction house is suing JB for $2 million in damages it says it's suffered as a result of his lawsuit.