Some people will do anything to cop a ring, a fact Patriots fans were rudely awakened to this week.
Vince Wilfork’s son, D’Aundre Holmes-Wilfork, was reportedly arrested in May for allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his father, including two Super Bowl Rings.
Wilfork first noticed his possessions were missing on May 10 in his Texas home and filed a report to the authorities.
The missing items included Wilfork’s AFC Championship rings, his Miami Hurricanes college football championship ring, necklaces, bracelets, and some other jewelry trinkets.
The former Patriots defensive tackle initially thought he had just misplaced the items, because who would go through extreme lengths just to steal a Super Bowl ring? And during the COVID-19 pandemic, no less.
It turns out, his son would.
A loyal Patriots fan noticed someone was selling Wilfork’s Super Bowl rings in an online sports memorabilia community and notified the authorities. Wilfork’s ex-wife contacted the seller, who said that a business partner bought all of his Super Bowl rings from Holmes-Wilfork in 2020 for $62,000.
Patriots legend Vince Wilfork’s son allegedly stole his father’s championship memorabilia and almost got away with it.
Along with the rings, Holmes-Wilfork reportedly stole and sold eight other items, including earrings, necklaces, and a bracelet, to a jewelry store for $4,600 in March of 2020.
Holmes-Wilfork played linebacker in high school and walked onto the football program at the University of Houston. Years ago, Wilfork had high hopes for his son and even shared this touching picture on Instagram after his son’s high school graduation.
Like father like son? Not so much. Holmes-Wilfork never played a single snap for the Cougars. In his freshman season, he was arrested for possession of codeine and subsequently kicked off the team.
The news of his son’s most recent arrest no doubt brings great disappointment to Wilfork, who probably thought at one point that his son could follow in his footsteps. In his 11-year career at New England, Wilfork left his mark on the Patriots as a superior defensive tackle with five Pro Bowl selections and one First-Team All Pro.
In the 2011-2012 regular season, he recorded some of the highest production values of his career with 52 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 10 quarterback hits. Without being too corny here, his son’s arrest might have been the one hit he never saw coming.
Holmes-Wilfork has since been released on a $300,000 bond.