Ortega has had access to Super Bowl locker rooms for at least 10 years. He has tried to sell numerous items.
Sources familiar with the situation told TMZ that Mauricio Ortega, the former Mexican newspaper director who has been accused of stealing Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey in addition to his jersey from Super Bowl XLIX, has been “selling various sports collectibles for years.” Ortega supposedly authenticated the apparel by showing buyers photos he took with prominent NFL figures like Brady, Robert Kraft and Ben Roethlisberger.
A video that was obtained by Jay Glazer of FOX Sports appeared to show a man — supposedly Ortega — entering the locker room after Super Bowl LI not far behind Bill Belichick. He later exited with an item tucked under his left arm.