The NFL has another Super Bowl jersey-gate on its hands.
This one involves Michael Strahan, who reportedly believes he has his jersey from Super Bowl XLII framed in his home. But Goldin Auctions has another Strahan jersey that it says was the one the Giants defensive end actually wore while beating the Patriots 17-14 in 2008, reported TMZ, and the most recent bid for it hit $39,000.
Strahan, according to TMZ, says he gave his jersey to a friend and told him to take it right to his hotel room. The Pro Football Hall of Famer is “adamant” that is the jersey that is currently in his house.
But Goldin Auctions claims that Strahan’s jersey from that game landed in the hands of a Giants equipment manager, who gave it to another person before it arrived at the memorabilia company. Its founder and CEO, Ken Goldin, sought out two photo match experts to confirm the jersey is the same one seen in postgame photos of Strahan.
“We are 100% confident the Strahan jersey in the auction is authentic,” Goldin told TMZ. “And the photo matching services letters and images speak for themselves.”
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Goldin believes the final bid for the Strahan jersey could exceed $100,000.
Before Strahan, Tom Brady dealt with his own jersey-gate after Super Bowl LI. The former Patriots quarterback unknowingly had his jersey stolen in the post-game locker room, setting off a search that involved the FBI. A man from a Mexican news organization was eventually found to be the culprit and Brady’s jersey was returned to him two months later.