TMZ has posted video it says is of the suspect who took Tom Brady’s Super Bowl 2017 jersey.
You can watch the video above. According to TMZ, the footage was captured by Fox and ran during the Super Bowl 2017. Here’s another view:
The entertainment site blurred out the man’s face and isn’t naming him with the video.
The tweet above alleges in Spanish, “Mauricio Ortega ‘former director’ of La Prensa was who stole #Brady jerseys and more! #Rata #Ladron #NFL.” One Mexican news site reports he’s an NFL memorabilia collector who’s shown up at auctions. La Prensa is a prominent Mexican publication.
Tom Brady released a statement, saying he hoped something positive could come out of it all:
The name was released in Mexican media after Houston police and the NFL confirmed on March 20 that two of Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys were found, and the NFL said a credentialed member of the international news media had them. The same suspect is accused in the media of also possessing Von Miller’s helmet, according to TMZ, which added that the Bronco’s cleats might also be missing. Authorities have not yet released the suspect’s name, and there is no word of an arrest.
A short time later, American reporters revealed the name:
“Mauricio Ortega was dismissed a few days ago when they learned that he stole the Tom Brady jersey,” reported Beatriz Pereyra, a reporter for Proceso. Pereyra identified the suspect as “the director of the newspaper La Prensa, Mauricio Ortega. He had Brady jersey.”
The saga of Tom Brady’s missing jersey started immediately after Super Bowl 2017, when the New England Patriots’ QB revealed that he couldn’t find it. It had not previously been reported that the other jersey was missing, though.
La Prensa, the publication where Ortega worked, wrote on Twitter, “We are informed that the one involved in the case of #TomBrady’s stolen jersey’s is the former director of @laprensaoem soon a statement.” Here is the original tweet as it appeared on social media in Spanish:
The Twitter page for the site where Ortega worked calls itself “National Newspaper of @OEMenlinea, the largest newspaper company in Latin America.” The website for the publication shows he sometimes wrote editorials for it, including a recent piece on politics.
Tom Brady’s 2017 Super Bowl jersey was found in Mexico, the Houston police chief confirmed.
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