MEXICO CITY — After former La Prensa newspaper director Mauricio Ortega was identified as the man who allegedly stole Tom Brady’s jersey following Super Bowl LI, the story about the disgraced Mexican journalist was met with embarrassment and disbelief in his home country. The fact that the New England Patriots are visiting Mexico next season as part of the league’s International Series didn’t escape many, including journalists who lamented the situation.
— John Sutcliffe (@espnsutcliffe) March 21, 2017
Soon after the initial shock, however, the pilferer was raked through the proverbial coals and reaction to the event was met with mockery. Ortega, quickly profiled as a man who consistently used his press credential with the sole intent of getting selfies and autographs with prominent NFL players, also handed over what appear to be Tom Brady’s Super Bowl XLIX jersey and Von Miller’s Super Bowl 50 helmet.
Here are just a few of the jokes and memes in Mexico that spawned from the scandal:
You have to go undercover to make this kind of thing work.
Mauricio Ortega antes de robar el Jersey de Brady. pic.twitter.com/yLAqqNdW06
— (@iPauluminati) March 20, 2017
“Here comes Mauricio Ortega! Act casually!”
— Eric Fernández (@fdezeric) March 20, 2017
It’s hard to get those grass stains out.
— Francisco Ibarra Riv (@franciscozihua) March 22, 2017
Ironically, Ortega didn’t want to steal this one.
Revealed: The ingenious plan Ortega used to get close to Brady.