The NFL is narrowing down a list of suspects who could have been in the Patriots locker room at the time Tom Brady’s Super Bowl game jersey was stolen.
Yahoo Sports reports the league has narrowed it down to a 15 minute time frame — from 10.05pm to 10.20pm local time — during which the jersey likely was taken from the Super Bowl MVP’s duffel bag inside his locker.
The report states the following categories of people had access to the locker room during that period: Patriots players, team officials and employees, family of Patriots executives, NFL employees (*cough* Roger Goodell *cough*) and security.
Media was allowed in for the final few minutes of that window.
Brady stepped away from his locker to talk with others and take a photo with family members of a Patriots employee, in the aftermath of his thrilling fifth Super Bowl victory.
Yahoo described the investigation as “inching along.” The current hope is security video of the walkways outside the locker room will provide potential suspects, though it is unclear if that video exists and how helpful it might be. (There is no surveillance footage from inside the locker room for the obvious reason: People get undressed there.)
Video might be the only thing that could show who went into the locker room [during that time],” one source familiar with the investigation told Yahoo.
“At this point, that might not even exist in a form that is helpful. Other video from [reporters] inside the locker room might be something [sought]. There may not be any video at all from the period of time before media got access.”