FBI Recovers Tom Brady Super Bowl Jersey

Purloined, allegedly, by a credentialed foreign journalist

Let the outlet-identification countdown begin.

Fox Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer this morning tweeted the top of what will no doubt turn into today’s biggest U.S. sports story. The missing jersey worn by Tom Brady during Super Bowl LI has been recovered on foreign soil. Glazer also shared this fascinating detail:

NFL believes the jersey was stolen by someone posing as international media.

Much more to come. Perhaps the credentialed journalist in question was also legitimately covering the game. But from what Glazer has tweeted, reading between the early lines, it could be a case of complete media impersonation. If so, Roger Goodell has his own post-season #CredentialGate.

One person on Twitter quickly and jokingly responded to Glazer with a GIF of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat character as the culprit. Very nice.

Update (2:30 p.m.):
The plot thickens. In addition to the Super Bowl LI jersey, a second Brady jersey, from Super Bowl XLIX, as well as a Denver Broncos helmet belonging to an as-yet unidentified team member (but tipped by some as Von Miller), were recovered in Mexico and forwarded to the FBI in Boston. From the NFL.com:

The man who allegedly took the jerseys is Mauricio Ortega, a former executive with Mexican newspaper company Diario La Prensa, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network insider Ian Rappoport.

According to various reports from Mexico, Ortega was fired recently when his involvement in the thefts was revealed and confirmed to La Prensa.