The son of former NFL defensive lineman Vince Wilfork was arrested last month and charged with stealing more than $300,000 of his father's jewelry, including two New England Patriots Super Bowl championship rings, according to a police complaint released by the Galveston (Texas) County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday.
Police allege that Wilfork's son, D'Aundre Holmes-Wilfork, 23, sold the rings and other jewelry after stealing them.
Wilfork, who played for the Patriots from 2004 to 2014 before finishing his career with the Houston Texans from 2015 to 2016, had contacted police on May 10. He said his two Super Bowl rings were missing, along with two AFC championship rings and a 2001 Miami Hurricanes national championship ring, among other items, including necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Holmes-Wilfork was arrested May 22.
âAccording to the police complaint, Wilfork told authorities that he did not report the jewelry missing or stolen immediately because he was unsure if it was packed in storage. On May 10, he said he received an email from a lifelong Patriots fan informing him of a post in a memorabilia group saying that his Super Bowl rings were for sale, which led to the filing of a police report.
Police made contact with the individual who posted the rings on the memorabilia group. The individual told police he purchased them from Wilfork's son for $62,000 in 2020. The rings have since been turned over to police, according to the complaint.
Police also discovered that eight other pieces of Wilfork's jewelry were sold in March 2020 for $4,600.
Life comes at you fast. The last time I heard about Vince's son, he won in the Massachusetts High School Super Bowl.
Now he's out here snatching Super Bowl rings. SMFH. This story bums me tf outâsuch a bad look.
I'm a sentimental guy, so to me, stealing personal property is the lowest of the low for non-violent crimes. A Robin Hood situation is a different story for another day, but how does this happen? This is some Tyrone Biggums shit. What kind of scumbag does this to their father? Well, apparently, D'Aundre is not Vince's biological son.
Via CBS Sports: D'Aundre Holmes-Wilfork is Vince Wilfork's adopted son and the oldest of his three children. D'Aundre had already been born when his mother Bianca met Wilfork while he was attending the University of Miami. The couple later married and had two more children together.
Finding out that this isn't Vince's biological son is an absolute game-changer. I had a whole different blog idea about how can you do this to the man who brought you into this world? But as someone whose parent got remarried to a woman who makes Livia Soprano look like Kitty Foreman, I'll just say this is an absolutely game-changing piece of information.
There's no denying how scummy of a move this is, but that doesn't even scratch the surface of how stupid it is. You have to be a different kind of idiot to try and sell a Super Bowl ring that doesn't belong to you because precisely what happened here will happen. Some fan will notice, and your ass will get caught.
I mean, I guess he would've gotten away with it had a Patriot fan not recognized the rings, but that's the thing...Vince Wilfork is a pretty fucking recognizable dude. This isn't a Guss Scott or P.K. Sam Super Bowl ring; we're talking about Vince Wilfork's. There's not exactly a ton of suspects with access to his rings and jewelry. Forensics class in high school taught me "means, motive, and opportunity" It was only a matter of time before he got caught. Vince's rings being for sale is gonna bring up some major red flags. Whenever a ring is on the market, it's usually because the athlete needs the money. I'm not going to act like I know how much money is in his savings account, but Vince made almost 60 million in his career and has done some endorsement deals. I'm gonna take a leap and assume he's doing just fine in the money department.
What is it with Patriot greats getting their rings stolen? Someone broke into Mike Vrabel's house back in 2014 and stole his three rings.
It's crazy to me is that Vince didn't realize they were stolen right away. How does that happen? A Super Bowl ring is like a newborn baby; you need to know where it is at all times. If I ever won a ring I'd put lojack on it.
I'm quite intrigued about what happens next. I assume charges were pressed given the story. This kid was already kicked out of college for felony drug charges, so he is NOT a hashtag good guy (unless they were fun psychedelics ones, which I doubt). I believe in police and prison reform, but I'm not some pussy get rid of all prisons guy. Criminals shouldn't just be running free like Vince Wilfork after he picked off Philip Rivers. D'Aundre should be doing some serious time.
But this whole ordeal got me thinking...regardless if he's Vince is his biological father or not, he's still been his dad for like 20 years, and he's married to his mother. This has to be dealt with within the family somehow. So how do you mend this fence? Do you make a joke that you were doing him a favor because why would he want the 18-1 AFC Championship ring? Do you just say "fuck it" and take the early checkout? I wonder if you can un-adopt someone? Three minutes research says no, but if there was ever a precedent for the first reverse-adoption, I think Vince has a great case if he chooses to go down that path. It's too bad Vince isn't at his athletic peak anymore; I'd say make him run Oklahoma drills against this kid until he rattles some sense into his brain.
Vince Wilfork is my favorite defensive player in NFL history. I wanted to wear #75 because of him in HS, but it wasn't available because one of the jerseys was missing. I take this crime against the man who inspired my B+ painting senior year of high school personally.