Source - Earlier this week, the folks in Tampa tiptoed around new Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady‘s violation of Florida’s stay-at-home order by simply asking him to leave a closed public park, while also bending over backward to make it clear that he was “sighted” not “cited” there.
Now comes the news that, on April 7, Brady accidentally wandered into a Tampa house while trying to find the home belonging to Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. ...
Brady’s explanation could result in the team being “cited,” not “sighted,” by the league.
ESPN.com confirmed the incident, and reports (i.e., passes along the self-serving leak from the Buccaneers) that “Brady and Leftwich were trying to follow social distancing guidelines, having Brady come to pick up materials from his new coach rather than meeting with him.”
It doesn’t matter, under NFL rules. As one source explained it to PFT, players cannot meet with coaches at any time prior to the start of the offseason program. Meetings outside the building are even more problematic, because in many cases those meetings can happen without detection.
“Totally illegal,” the source said. “They should be fined. Plus, I bet those duffel bags had footballs in them.”
In other words, the source suspects that Brady fully intended not only to meet with Leftwich but also to participate in some sort of workout in which Leftwich would have been directly involved.
There’s another problem with Brady’s accidental trespass. Florida’s belated stay-at-home order became effective on April 3, four days before Brady failed to stay at home for reasons that definitely do not amount to essential purposes. For the same reason other NFL players have been called out for violating stay-at-home orders aimed at slowing the spread of a deadly virus, Brady should be called out, too.
You hate to see it. Just hate to see it. Tom Brady hasn't been out of New England more than five weeks, and already his new team has him breaking bad. This just proves the old adage that Florida corrupts, and absolute Florida corrupts absolutely.
I guess I'm not so much mad as I am ... well, disappointed. The Tom Brady we knew and loved up here would never have broken the rules to gain a competitive advantage over the rest of the league. Never mind violating the social contract that binds us all together to keep us safe. There are 1,500 players on 31 other teams all obeying the league rules regarding no contact with coaches. As well as CDC guidelines to stay at home. They do so because their union fought hard to provide their rank and file with an offseason so they could get healthy, rest their bodies and spend time with their loved ones. If one player break ranks, then all teams will expect it of all players. But I guess Tompa Brady doesn't care about his fellow Players Association members, or spending time with his family the way Foxboro Brady did. Or about stopping the spread of a deadly virus. And it's just sad to see. For what does it profit a man if he joins the team he wanted to play for but loses his soul?
I imagine this league source is correct and a fine will be handed down. And if history is any indication, the Patriots will end up paying it and probably lose a couple of draft picks in the deal.