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More details in the stolen Tom Brady Super Bowl jersey saga have been revealed. There is now video of Martin Mauricio Ortega, the man who stole the jersey, walking in and out of the Patriots' locker room with the jersey.
Ortega was also somehow in possession of Brady's jersey from Super Bowl XLIX, both of which are now en route to Brady after NFL security and the FBI tracked them down.
Ortega has since stepped down from his position from the international newspaper La Prensa, and the media company that owns the paper has apologized for the ordeal.
Pro Football Talk:
“Without commenting on the truth of the allegations,” the statement said, “La Prensa offers a public apology to our readers and the Mexican society.”
Brady also released a statement thanking all parties involved in tracking down his missing jerseys.
“I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and SB 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved,” Brady said, via his agent Don Yee. “I know they worked hard on this case — and it is very much appreciated. Hopefully when I get the jerseys back I can make something very positive come from this experience.”
If Ortega was trying to sell the jersey for a profit, he would have made a nice chunk of change. Houston police valued Brady's jersey from Super Bowl LI at $500,000. There is no word on what the jersey from Super Bowl XLIX was worth, but I'd imagine it wouldn't have been much less than the former.
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