A person is suing the New England Patriots Corridor of Fame … claiming it ruined his one-of-a-kind, Tom Brady signed American flag — costing him probably over $1 MILLION.
The man’s identify is Daniel Vitale … and he says in a brand new lawsuit, obtained by TMZ Sports activities, that again in early 2020, he acquired a flag that had been autographed by the GOAT.
In his lawsuit, Vitale says the flag was ultra-rare. It had flown at Foxboro Stadium throughout a Patriots vs. Dolphins sport in 2001 — the identical season that Brady first took over because the starter in New England — and was signed by the quarterback just a few years later. Vitale mentioned he believed it to be the one American flag recognized to be signed by TB12 in existence.
Vitale says within the go well with that in 2021, a few yr after he received the piece, he reached out to the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame to see if it wished to place it on show. He claims it did, however solely after Brady and his former head coach, Invoice Belichick, had retired.
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The HOF, in keeping with Vitale, steered he attain out to the Patriots Corridor of Fame at Gillette Stadium to gauge its curiosity within the flag within the meantime. Vitale claims in his go well with that the Pats HOF wished it — and officers there promised him it might be “curated to the very best customary.”
Vitale says he handed it over underneath that premise … and it was virtually instantly displayed beneath the Brady Tremendous Bowl XLIX jersey that had been infamously stolen and later recovered.
Vitale, although, mentioned months later … he was contemplating asking for it again. He mentioned as a result of Brady’s potential retirement and the following skyrocketing worth of Brady memorabilia, he was fascinated by placing it up for public sale.
However, that is when he says he came upon that the QB’s autograph had light as a result of what he claims is the best way the HOF improperly displayed the piece.
Within the go well with, Vitale mentioned “neither the lighting at [the facility] nor the glass [it] used for case displaying the flag had been designed to guard autographed sports activities memorabilia.”
He added, “there was a big hole within the glass straight in entrance of the flag by way of which unfiltered gentle and warmth may go.”
All of it, he mentioned, brought about the T and different components of Brady’s signature to considerably fade.
In a video of Vitale recovering the flag, you possibly can hear he was crushed to see the state it was in.
Within the go well with, he mentioned because of the Patriots HOF’s mishandling of the flag, the worth of it decreased by probably as a lot as over $1 million.
He is asking for damages.
We have reached out to the Patriots for remark … however up to now, no phrase again but.