Houston Police Chief Takes Full Responsibility For Recovery Of Tom Brady’s Jersey
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo made it clear that his police department was not responsible for Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Jersey being stolen. However, on behalf of the major crimes division, he’s taking responsibility for its recovery.
It was reported Monday morning that Brady’s jersey, which he wore during the New England Patriots Super Bowl victory against the Atlanta Falcons, was found in Mexico and is now being examined for authenticity.
The Houston Police Chief made it clear in a press conference later in the day that his police department was not responsible for the jersey going missing, but took nearly full responsibility for its retrieval.
Chief @ArtAcevedo and HPD Major Offenders Update on Investigation into Tom Brady’s Missing Jersey https://t.co/u6RluxcD4M
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“This wasn’t the highest priority of the Houston Police Department. Having said that, you know we’re Texans and this is Texas and the only blemish that we had on the Super Bowl happened to be the theft of these jerseys that were stolen from the NFL’s locker room that was under the control of the NFL security — obviously not under the control of the Houston Police Department,” Acevedo began.
“But, it was nonetheless a blemish on our Super Bowl and unfortunately for the people that did this, you don’t come to Texas and embarrass us here on our home turf,” Acevedo said. “So we decided that we were going to try to put this together.”
“The jersey is in the hands of the NFL and the FBI. It is in Boston. But the reason the jersey has been recovered is because of the men and women of the Houston Police Department and their outstanding work,” Acevedo said.
“The Houston Police Department’s major offenders division has been the lead agency on this investigation from the beginning after it was learned that this jersey was stolen after the Super Bowl,” Acevedo continued.
Although Acevedo admitted that the HPD “obviously” worked with the NFL, the New England Patriots, the FBI and the Texas Rangers, he wanted to be clear that their investigators found the information that led the investigation to Mexico where the jersey was found.
As a result of the investigation into that information, the jersey, along with another one of Tom Brady’s jerseys from a previous Super Bowl victory against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015, were both found.
Acevedo repeatedly claimed that this case was not a high priority for them, but still felt it was important for them to solve due to the national and international attention it brought.
After making that perfectly clear, Acevedo then called out the NFL for their poor locker room security “because they are the ones responsible” for the jersey going missing in the first place.