March 20–The story of Tom Brady’s mysterious vanishing Super Bowl LI jersey is quickly turning into the tale of an international memorabilia heist.
News broke Monday morning that Brady’s jersey had been recovered by the FBI and NFL security. Normally, this would signal the end of a weird, ongoing saga of a vanishing jersey.
It turns out that — oh no — this was no vanishing act. Here’s what we know so far (according to reports and a statement from the NFL):
1. The FBI found the jersey outside of the country — Why was the FBI involved in tracking down Brady’s jersey? According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the jersey was sold and later found “on foreign soil.” (Confirmed by NFL)
2. The jersey was stolen by a member of the media — Glazer also reported that the jersey was swiped by “someone posing as an international media member.” However, the NFL later said that the jerseys were “were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media.”
3. There were two stolen jerseys — As first reported by CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran, the NFL confirmed that not only was Brady’s jersey from the 2017 Super Bowl recovered recently, his jersey from Super Bowl XLIX was also found. Both jerseys were sold outside of the country by the same individual.
Here’s the full statement from the NFL:
“Through the cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots’ security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Super Bowl LI jersey worn last month by MVP Tom Brady has been recovered. Also retrieved during the ongoing investigation was the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.
The items were found in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media. Due to the ongoing investigation, we would refer any additional questions to the FBI.”
Brady has previously said that his jersey was in his bag in the locker room before it went missing. There was a brief period where it was thought that someone from the New England Patriots had taken the jersey for safe keeping and put it on the team truck.
By Nick O’Malley, MassLive.com, Springfield, Mass.
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