First, Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey went missing after the New England Patriots’ win on Sunday (Feb. 5). Now, sticky fingers returned to hit another pivotal athlete, that being Kobe Bryant and the accolades stored at his alma mater, Lower Merion High School.
According to Philly.com, school officials notified students and their parents that a break-in occurred on Sunday evening, possibly while everyone was ensconced by the Patriots and Atlanta Falcons showdown. Dubbed the “Kobe Shrine,” items that were swiped from the Pennsylvania-based school included a championship trophy from 1996, autographed Nike kicks, and an imitation Lower Merion jersey.
In a statement published on the news site, Doug Young, the school’s director of community relations, said that with the theft of the memorabilia comes the theft of revered memories. “I’m not sure what someone would do with a state championship trophy,” Young said. “For us, the items are important because they represent some really wonderful memories.”
Ahead of graduation, the former Los Angeles Laker sealed his high school basketball career with 2,883 points. Principal Sean Hughes said that although material items are replaceable, “And even if we cannot replace all the items, the moments that produced them are still very much alive in our memories and honored through the ongoing traditions of Aces Nation.”
An investigation is ongoing.