Texas Rangers to search for Tom Brady’s jersey; families of the missing angry

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Texas Rangers to search for Brady’s jersey families of missing angry

The Texas Rangers are searching for Tom Brady’s missing game jersey and it has a lot of people in an uproar on social media, and it’s not for the reason you would think.

According to the news release, Brady’s jersey was stolen from the Patriots’ locker room at NRG Stadium in Houston, after the game. Brady tells the media that he looked in his bag for his jersey he wore during the Superbowl and it “wasn’t there anymore.”

Video of Brady’s when jersey is discovered missing

Shortly after, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked the Texas Rangers and Houston Police Department to team up and find the shirt, according to an emailed news release.

“In Texas we place a very high value on hospitality and football,” Patrick wrote. “Tom Brady’s jersey has great historical value and is already being called ‘the most valuable NFL collectibles ever.’ It will likely go into the Hall of Fame one day.”

The fact that Patrick has called on the Texas Rangers to help find a missing jersey instead of a missing person is what has everyone in an uproar.  Many  do not support Patrick’s decision to use this elite group of law enforcement to search for a game jersey.

Families of the missing feel betrayed

“This is ABSOLUTELY ABOMINABLE. The Texas Rangers have been called in to help locate Tom Brady’s missing jersey. Congratulations, HPD and Governor Gregg Abbott, you have now officially dedicated more financial and personnel resources to a MISSING F****** FOOTBALL JERSEY than ANY 10 Missing Child cases,” posted Mac Sanford, a private investigator for Frontline Investigations located in Texas.

Many chimed in and echoed Sanford’s dismay by telling stories of their frustration to get authorities to search for their missing loved one.

“I have a rite to b**** my dad has been missing and presumed murdered for 17 years and the local police only have a few people working on it not the whole department let it happen to you and see how it feels!!!” posted Bobby Walker.

“I agree with you. My sister has been missing since 1986…. over 30 years now. Only one investigator on her case…..waiting for me to let her know what I come up with,” posted Doris Jones Humphrey.

“They refused to help in my brother-in-laws case as well. Walter “Bo” Brawner missing since June 2008. Infuriating to say the least,” posted Lynnette Brawner.

larry bakerThis is a subject that Jerry Kinner, brother of missing Larry Baker, one of the Missing Texas Forty knows a lot about. Kinner stated, “Liberty County Texas has several missing men and women and none of them got help from the TX Rangers.”

Cody Stokley the brother of  Rodney Stokley, who is also one of the Missing Texas Forty, said, “My brother has been missing for 10 years from Texas and they have never once helped us in any way! I made this same statement on my Facebook page the day after the super bowl when I heard about it!! Doesn’t make any damn since!!”

How many rangers will it take?

So, assuming the Texas Rangers will move forward with Patrick’s request you have to ask. How many rangers out of the 162 are going to be pulled from their current investigation to go look for this missing Jersey. Will the case of Zuzu Verk or Meagan Dearman, two missing people recently found deceased, have their case postponed while they go look for the jersey?  And which rangers will be taking on this new duty?  Will it be the rangers working on murder, unidentified bodies, parental abductions and missing persons cases, or the ones working on bank fraud, misconduct and robbery cases? And lastly, is it that important of a jersey to warrant highly trained specialist with years of experience to go look for it?

Rodney Stokley
Rodney Stokley

According to Patrick it is, “It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas.”

A missing jersey is not as important as a missing person

For families of the missing it is hard to understand why law enforcement of this caliber are being asked to pursue something, that in comparison to murdered and missing people, is trivial.  Especially, when they have not received that caliber of help themselves to search for their loved one.

“The problem is resources are being used and who knows how much time has been invested when people are missing. Material things are just that yes it sucks to lose something that’s valuable but I’m sure the jersey will be replaced and I’m sure the team has some sort of insurance,” posted Pretzel Andrade. “The point is life is precious and victims of kidnapping, human trafficking ext kinda have a priority first right? or is a person’s life really no big deal?”

At his time, I have not seen any reports that the Texas Rangers are following up on Patrick’s request.  If they do, we have to assume that they have the man-power to spare, and the knowledge to know when to stop looking, as I don’t believe this jersey will ever be found, just like the Missing Texas Forty.

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