Former Austin police chief Art Acevedo comments on missing Tom Brady jersey

On Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, Art Acevedo, current chief of the Houston Police Department and former chief of the Austin Police Department, returned to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin to speak on the Race & Policing in Texas panel during the Race & Public Policy symposium hosted by the Texas Tribune. (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

On Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, Art Acevedo, current chief of the Houston Police Department and former chief of the Austin Police Department, returned to Huston-Tillotson University in Austin to speak on the Race & Policing in Texas panel during the Race & Public Policy symposium hosted by the Texas Tribune. (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The disappearance of a historic Super Bowl item makes for some flashy headlines, but Austin’s former police chief is keeping cool about the search.

Just over two months into his new gig as Houston Police Chief, Art Acevedo oversaw the massive Super Bowl LI weekend. After the Patriots defeated the Falcons in overtime, New England’s quarterback Tom Brady revealed that his game jersey had gone missing.

Acevedo spoke to 104.9 The Horn Tuesday morning to talk about Houston’s big weekend and set the record straight on his department’s access to the team’s locker room.

“The truth is that the NFL handles security inside the locker rooms,” Acevedo said.

On Monday the Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced that the Texas Rangers would be assisting the Houston Police Department to find the jersey. While the extra help is great, Acevedo explained his department has other pressing matters.

“It might be the highest priority for [the] lieutenant governor, I can tell you we had three homicides the night of the Super Bowl in the city of Houston, and we’d like to find it, but I don’t think we’re burning the midnight oil worrying about a jersey.” Acevedo said. “It’s just not the biggest, greatest importance in the big scheme of things.”

The chief mentioned he told his staff to keep their priorities in check.

“I told those guys, ‘Hey guys, we’ll give it a run, but let’s keep things in perspective, it’s a jersey,'” Acevedo said.

Listen to the Acevedo’s exchange on the “Mornings with Bucky & Erin” show around the 34:00 minute mark below.

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