Mauricio Ortega, the alleged mastermind behind the Tom Brady jersey heist, apparently wasn’t satisfied with swindling one MVP at Super Bowl 51.
According to an Associated Press report about the Mexican media executive, Ortega approached former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner to sign his own Super Bowl jersey. He then planned to sell it back to him.
Arturo Palafox, sports editor of the newspaper 24 Horas, told the AP he saw Ortega carrying a bag of player memorabilia in Houston, including Warner’s jersey and a book from former Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith.
Gooden took the baseball world by storm in 1984, winning 17 games and leading the NL in strikeouts at age 19. A year later, he won the Cy Young Award (24-4, 1.53 ERA), and he followed that up with 17 wins in 1986, when the Mets beat the Red Sox in a classic seven-game series.
But Gooden’s struggles with drugs and alcohol thoughout his career and beyond have been well documented. He told ESPN in 2011 he missed that championship parade because he was high.
So Gooden made up for lost time Friday. The event will be featured as part of a documentary on Gooden and Strawberry being produced by radio host Amy Heart.