The New England Patriots quarterback was dismayed to find his game jersey missing from his locker shortly after Super Bowl LI, in which he led his team to an improbable 25-point comeback win against the Atlanta Falcons.
USA TODAY Sports reached out to the US attorney's office for the Southern District of Texas and inquired about Ortega's status as a potential suspect in the case, which began when Brady's jersey - valued up to $500,000 by some collectors - went missing after Super Bowl LI.
The NFL released a statement today to announce Brady's famously stolen jersey, which was valued at $500,000, was tracked down in Mexico by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Houston Police Department.
Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mexican authorities said they found the prized No. 12 threads - as well as Brady's New England Patriots jersey from Super Bowl 2015 - in possession of a Mexican journalist who had a habit of walking off with valued memorabilia from Super Bowls.
You may remember, Brady said he placed his jersey in a bag in the locker room in Houston. Authorities also found a jersey that had been missing from the Patriots' 2015 Super Bowl win.
Brady's missing jerseys have been recovered and are on their way back to the Patriots, but there's no word on the status of Miller's supposedly missing equipment.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who had invited the Department of Public Safety's Texas Rangers to join the posse looking for the jersey, posted a statement Monday on Facebook. "It's just a nice piece of memorabilia to have, but I'm not sure where they're at with that". We repeat, the jersey has been found.
Damn global media members. "So if it shows up on eBay somewhere, someone let me know". "Whenever you're dealing with global soil, with anything overseas, with someone breaking into, basically, a Super Bowl locker room, that's so incredibly secure, this story will only get more and more [wild]". Police chief Acevedo was coy about the specifics of the case during his late morning press conference, he did however, call out the National Football League for what he considered less than adequate security in the locker room where the jersey was taken.
He called the stolen jersey the only "blemish" on Houston's otherwise successful hosting of the Super Bowl.
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