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Robert Kraft: Stealing Tom Brady’s jersey ‘like taking a great Chagall or Picasso’

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft weighed in on the theft of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey, likening the act to stealing a priceless work of art.

Kraft, while clearly frustrated by how Brady’s jersey disappeared from the locker room following the Patriots’ historic comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons, nevertheless expressed optimism the prized piece of memorabilia will be recovered.

“It’s very sad to me that someone would do something like this, and it’s like taking a great Chagall or Picasso or something. You can never display it. And somehow, I feel there’ll be some news that’ll clear this up in the not too distant future,” Kraft said on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” via the Boston Herald. “I hope it’ll be cleared up soon. I think that a lot of people spend a lot of time looking into the matter and what happened, and I’d rather not say anything that would cause any problems in the work that’s been done. One way or another that jersey will be back.”

The disappearance of Brady’s jersey not surprisingly has been among the biggest Super Bowl story lines following the big game’s conclusion. Investigations last week helped in part to establish a timeline of the jersey’s theft. NFL sources suspect the theft occurred during a 15-minute window between approximately 10:05 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. CT. Brady was conducting his MVP press conference during that time.

On the other hand, more recent developments suggest that Brady’s jersey wasn’t even stolen in the first place and that is was merely misplaced.

Either way, with the NFL, Patriots and even members of the Texas law-enforcement community all working on the case, perhaps Kraft is correct to hope the jersey will find its way back to the Patriots organization.