Where in the world is Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl LI jersey? As it turns out, it might have spent the last month in Mexico—and it might have been sitting right next to another Brady Super Bowl jersey that was stolen a couple years ago.
If you don’t remember, Brady was filmed freaking out a short time after the Patriots beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl in early February. But he wasn’t freaking out because the Pats had pulled off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history. Rather, he was losing his mind because he believed someone had stolen the jersey he wore during the game. You can see him looking around for the jersey here:
Initially, some people within the Patriots organization thought the jersey may have just been misplaced. But when it didn’t turn up, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said that he was going to have the Texas Rangers launch an investigation into the missing jersey. And while the Houston Police Department wasn’t exactly thrilled about the idea of spending a lot of their resources trying to hunt down a jersey, it was valued at $500,000 in a police report, which meant they had to take the search seriously. Even if Brady himself wasn’t necessarily doing the same:
Over the course of the last month, details about the missing jersey have been few and far between. But early Monday, Fox Sports reporter Jay Glazer shared some new details about the stolen jersey story, and they are pretty wild.
According to Glazer, the Houston Police Department and the FBI worked in tandem to track the jersey down in Mexico. In addition to finding Brady’s 2017 jersey, they also reportedly found the jersey he wore during the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Seahawks in 2015. And as if that wasn’t enough, Glazer is also reporting that they may have found a helmet and cleats belonging to Broncos star Von Miller that were worn during Super Bowl 50. Glazer talked about all the crazy details during an appearance on FS1's Undisputed:
So how did all of the gear get to Mexico? The NFL released a statement shortly after Glazer’s report hit and said that "a credentialed member of the international media" is to blame for the thefts involved in the case:
The alleged suspect has been identified as Mauricio Ortega, a former executive at a news company called Diario La Prensa. FS1 aired a video on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Monday afternoon that appears to show Ortega walking out of the Patriots' locker room after this year's Super Bowl with something tucked under his arm. The authorities believe it may have been Brady's jersey. Watch here:
The Houston Police Department held a press conference on Monday afternoon and spoke about the investigation into the jersey theft. HPD Chief Art Acevedo revealed that police were able to track down the jerseys in Mexico after an informant came forward and provided them with information. He also called for the NFL to put better security practices into place in locker rooms while providing an update on the case.
At this time, the jerseys are reportedly in the FBI’s possession in Boston and are being authenticated. If they do turn out to be Brady’s jerseys, they are going to be given back to him soon.
Brady and Miller are yet to respond to the news about the FBI investigation, and the NFL has already said that it will withhold any further comment until the investigation is over. But it’s probably safe to say that it won’t be easy to score a media credential to next year’s Super Bowl after everything that transpired in the moments following Super Bowl LI.