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Tom Brady vows to turn stolen jerseys into something positive once getting them back 03.20.17 at 5:04 pm ET
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Tom Brady released a statement on his jerseys Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady released a statement on his jerseys Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady is hoping to turn a negative into a positive.

On Monday, it was learned with the help of the FBI, Brady’s stolen jerseys from Super Bowl XLIX and LI were found in Mexico.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the alleged thief is Mauricio Ortega, a former Mexican newspaper executive, who pretended to cover the games and then stole the jerseys in the locker room afterwards.

A video of Ortega walking out of the Patriots locker room was also surfaced on Monday.

Courtesy of NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, Brady released a statement though his agent Don Yee.

“I am happy my jerseys from SB 49 and 51 have been recovered, and I want to thank all of the law enforcement agencies involved,” the statement read. “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.”

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Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys are a major embarrassment for NFL at 4:23 pm ET
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Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys are back in Boston. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s missing Super Bowl jerseys are back in Boston. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

A man who was posing as an international journalist was able to get credentialed for Super Bowl LI and make off with Tom Brady’s jersey after the game. The NFL has some explaining to do.

In a statement Monday, the league announced the more than six-week hunt for the missing piece of memorabilia is over. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the alleged thief is Mauricio Ortega, a former Mexican newspaper executive. He was found in Mexico, thanks to an effort spearheaded by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, who was the first person to report the jersey had been recovered, released a video of Ortega seemingly leaving the Patriots’ locker room with Brady’s uniform top tucked underneath his arm.

This doesn’t appear to be one-time incident with Ortega. He also reportedly swiped Brady’s jersey after Super Bowl XLIX and may have taken Broncos linebacker Von Miller’s cleats following Super Bowl 50. Both items were found Monday.

In a press conference, Houston police chief Art Acevedo blasted the NFL’s security protocols.

“I just hope the NFL security takes a look because they are the one’s responsible for securing the locker rooms,” he said. They really need to check their protocols and their efforts because there are these two jerseys we are aware of and required a response from the Houston Police Department and other partners to recover them,” he told reporters. “Quite frankly, they are going to end up in the hands that they belong as in Mr. Brady and his family.”

At this point, it’s unclear how Ortega was credentialed for Super Bowl LI. He may have legally obtained press passes, or more troublingly, falsified documents in an effort to pose as a working member of the media. Either way, the NFL must reassess its credentialing policy. It’s an embarrassment for a $14 billion business to experience a security lapse of this magnitude at its biggest event of the year. This episode makes the league look like a Mickey Mouse operation.

While it’s amusing to think about the FBI dedicating resources to find a missing jersey, the item has been valued at $500,000. Last month, Patriots owner Robert Kraft compared the heist to to the robbery of a “great Chagall or Picasso.” And it happened moments after the Super Bowl, where a finite number of people, such as players’ friends and family members, are allowed to be in the locker room.

It appears as if Ortega was able to steal valuable Super Bowl memorabilia from the winning team for three straight years. In a world of near constant surveillance, that seems to be impossible.

The NFL is wearing egg on its face. Big time.

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Houston Police chief urges NFL to change security protocols after Tom Brady’s jersey gets stolen from locker room at 2:38 pm ET
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Tom Brady's Super Bowl jerseys have been found. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys have been found. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey has been found, and also his Super Bowl XLIX jersey, both of which were stolen.

They were apparently stolen by the same man — Mauricio Ortega — a former executive with Diario La Prensa, a newspaper in Mexico, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Ortega posed as someone covering the Super Bowl for an international media outlet and took the jerseys following both games.

Video surfaced Monday of Ortega walking into the Patriots locker room after their win over the Falcons and then walking out 10 minutes later with something under his arm (apparently Brady’s jersey).

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The Houston Police department held a press conference Monday where Art Acevedo, the chief of police, urged the NFL to change its protocols because they are the ones in charge of security inside the locker room.

“I just hope the NFL security takes a look because they are the one’s responsible for securing the locker rooms. They really need to check their protocols and their efforts because there are these two jerseys we are aware of and required a response from the Houston Police Department and other partners to recover them,” he told reporters. “Quite frankly, they are going to end up in the hands that they belong as in Mr. Brady and his family.”

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Details emerge of how Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey was stolen at 11:58 am ET
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The person who stole Tom Brady's jerseys also reportedly took Von Miller's helmet. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

The person who stole Tom Brady’s jerseys also reportedly took Von Miller’s helmet. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

One of the bigger storylines following Super Bowl LI was not Tom Brady and the Patriots winning their fifth Super Bowl, but rather Brady’s jersey being stolen from the Patriots locker room after the game.

A month and a half later, it’s been found thanks to the FBI, along with his Super Bowl XLIX jersey that was also stolen — by the same person posing as an international media member.

On Fox Sports’ “Undisputed” Jay Glazer explained exactly what happened.

“Well he doesn’t have to go on eBay anymore, because the investigation is leading to that jersey, as well as his Super Bowl jersey from a couple of years ago, going back to the New England Patriots and Tom Brady,” Glazer said. “So here’s actually what happened. The FBI and the NFL security, along with Patriots security and the Houston PD, they actually went through all this video to try and track somebody down, and they zeroed in on somebody, a person of interest.

“That person of interest, from what I’m told, is an international member of the media. I don’t believe he’s actually a member of the media, but he was posing as a member of the international media. Got credentialed, it’s been going on for quite some time.

“And he actually, from what I’m told, they have him going into the locker room right behind Bill Belichick as if he’s with the team. Goes in there, loiters around a little while and is seen leaving the locker room – this is the video they’re trying to look at right now – seen leaving a little bit later with something under his arm.

“He goes in without anything under his arm, just your normal media backpack, comes out later with the backpack plus something under his arm. They’ve all zeroed in now, and from what I understand, Houston PD just put out that they were found down in Mexico and had to deal with authorities there to get them back on American soil. They had to authenticate them, make sure these were actually Tom Brady’s jerseys, and in fact they were. From what I understand, they will be returned to the Patriots and Brady some time this week.”

It’s also worth noting Glazer reported the same person that swiped Brady’s jerseys is suspected of taking Von Miller’s helmet after Super Bowl 50.

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NFL confirms Tom Brady’s 2 stolen Super Bowl jerseys have been found at 9:50 am ET
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Tom Brady's two stolen Super Bowl jerseys have been found. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s two stolen Super Bowl jerseys have been found. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Not only was Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey found, but also his Super Bowl XLIX jersey.

Both were stolen after his last two Super Bowl wins by someone posing as an international media member, the NFL confirmed Monday morning.

The statement reads: 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 took home MVP honors in both Super Bowls.

NFL security is extremely tight at Super Bowls, so it’s worth wondering how exactly the person was able to take Brady’s jersey from the locker room not only once, but twice.

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Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey reportedly has been found at 8:32 am ET
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Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey reportedly has been recovered. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey reportedly has been recovered. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Nearly a month and a half after Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey went missing, it appears it has been found.

According to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, the jersey has been found on “foreign soil.”

Here is what Glazer tweeted Monday morning: Breaking: FOX Sports has learned the FBI & NFL Security believe they have located Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey & in process of returning to Patriots. Wild story details coming up on FS1.

More details coming up later on @fs1 including FBI being involved bc jersey was on foreign soil, FBI and NFL Sec located Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jersey FOX Sports has learned.

Brady took home MVP honors in the Patriots’ 34-28 overtime win over the Falcons where the team overcame a 25-point deficit.

There are still many questions with this case, like who actually took it, which could be answered as the day goes on.

[UPDATE 10 a.m.]: The NFL has confirmed Brady’s last two Super Bowl jerseys have been found and were stolen by someone posing as an international media member.

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Judge Richard Berman says he was pleased to see Patriots win Super Bowl LI 03.17.17 at 3:04 pm ET
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Judge Richard Berman says he was pleased to see Tom Brady win the Super Bowl. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Judge Richard Berman says he was pleased to see Tom Brady hoist the Lombardi Trophy. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

When the Patriots defeated the Falcons and pulled off the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, there was at least one person in the Tri-State area who was pleased: Judge Richard Berman.

In a recent interview with The MMQB, Berman spoke at length for the first time about the Patriots’ big win. He said he thinks the victory finally put an end to Deflategate.

“I think Deflategate is finally put to rest by that Super Bowl,” he said. “I always thought in the back of my mind when I had the case, that this is a case that should be settled on the field. Not in the courts, not with an arbitrator, and ultimately, that’s what happened. And in such a dramatic way that it left no doubt.”

When Judge Berman negated Brady’s four-game suspension in September 2015, he skewered the NFL for what he considered to be a flawed arbitration process. Even though a federal appeals court overturned his decision, he said he would rule the same way if the case were presented in front of him today.

“I concluded that the NFL arbitration process was fundamentally flawed –– principally because of lack of notice of the alleged infraction and of a potential four-game suspension; inappropriate comparison of football deflation to use of steroids; failure to allow Brady’s counsel to question NFL general counsel [Jeff] Pash; and refusal to share with counsel the notes of witness interviews,” Berman said. “The commissioner’s arbitration award was not entitled to ‘deference’ by the courts also because he had a personal stake in the outcome of the appeal. That is, he had an incurable conflict of interest, evident partiality, and could not possibly be fair.”

In April 2016, eight months after Berman’s ruling, the NFL won its Deflategate appeal. In a 2-1 decision, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals said commissioner Roger Goodell possesses broad authority to discipline players at his behest. Berman said it stung to read the ruling, but now he’s moving on –– largely thanks to the Patriots’ Super Bowl LI late-game heroics.

“It took awhile [to let it go], so the Super Bowl was good for me too,” he said.

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