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Robert Kraft thanks FBI for getting Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys back 03.23.17 at 5:05 pm ET
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Robert Kraft will be on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on Tuesday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft thanked the FBI for getting Tom Brady’s jerseys back. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys are back where they belong — in the hands of the Patriots.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft put out a statement thanking the FBI for getting the jerseys back after they were stolen following Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI.

“We want to thank the FBI, the Mexican authorities and the many different local agencies that were involved in the investigation and ultimate recovery of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey,” Kraft said in a statement. “Working along with the Patriots and NFL security, those agencies collectively coordinated an investigation that also led to the recovery of Tom’s missing Super Bowl XLIX jersey.

“It was great to have both jerseys returned to Gillette Stadium today. I don’t know that any agency could have accomplished this independently, but collectively multiple agencies – both in the U.S. and in Mexico – worked together to achieve the goal of retrieving the stolen property. It is another example of the importance of teamwork and what can be accomplished when everyone works together. We appreciate the effort of everyone involved and look forward to returning these jerseys to Tom when he gets back to New England.”

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Patriots will visit Donald Trump at White House on April 19 at 2:03 pm ET
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Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick are set to return to the White House on April 19. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick are set to return to the White House on April 19. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots officially will be the first sports team to visit Donald Trump at the White House.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the president will welcome the team to White House on April 19.

Following the Super Bowl win, six Patriots said they would not attend the ceremony including Martellus Bennett, Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch, Chris Long, Devin McCourty and LeGarrette Blount.

Not all were for political reasons.

President Trump has a good relationship with owner Robert Kraft, as he was even on Air Force One with him this past weekend.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick both supported President Trump around the election with the coach writing him a letter and Brady calling him two days before the election.

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Video: Minute-by-minute look at how Tom Brady’s jersey was stolen 03.21.17 at 2:29 pm ET
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Thanks to help from the FBI, Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl LI jersey was found on Monday in Mexico, along with his Super Bowl XLIX jersey.

Both were allegedly stolen by Mauricio Ortega, a former Mexican newspaper executive, who had a media credential at the Super Bowl for an international outlet.

Thanks to the great reporting by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, here is a minute-by-minute look at how Brady’s jersey was stolen from the Patriots locker room following their overtime win over the Falcons.

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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).

Click here to see the video, or scroll down.

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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