Source - Even though the NFLPA has advised players to stop group workouts before training camp.
Tom Brady‘s leading one anyway.
According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Brady led at least a dozen players through a workout at a private school in Tampa Tuesday morning.
At least two Bucs players and an assistant coach have tested positive for COVID-19 already, at a time when infections are hitting new highs in Florida. ...
Brady led teammates through a two-hour workout which started around 7 a.m. The workout included defensive backs Jamel Dean, Sean Murphy-Bunting, and Mike Edwards, along with receivers Chris Godwin and Scotty Miller and tight end Rob Gronkowski. Quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin, and center Ryan Jensen were also there Tuesday.
“Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts,” Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA medical director, said in an email to all players.
This is that part where I'd love to be putting Brady on blast, for carelessly and selfishly causing a spike in the infection rate while being a greedy, self-serving union buster, just to suit his own needs. Like a cross between Typhoid Mary and Andrew Carnegie, simultaneously spreading disease and metaphorically sending in the Pinkertons to crush the skulls of the Homestead Mill workers of the NFLPA.
I'd love to. But I'm just not feeling it.
I want to be mad at Brady, but I can't bring myself to. I think I speak for a lot of Pats fans when I say three and a half months is plenty enough time for the shock to wear off. To get through all five Stages of Grief - plus all the others we added like "Binge Drinking," "Wearing a Bathrobe All Day," "Abandoning Personal Hygiene," "Watching All the '3 Games to Glory' Blurays," "Staring into the Abyss," "More Drinking" and "Praying for a Swift, Merciful Death" - to get to "Acceptance." Or something approximating acceptance. Being mad at him after being the most transformative athlete in the history of Boston sports would take massive amounts of effort and no one has it in them. There hasn't been one jersey burned. Not one tattoo removed. And not one child or pet has had his name changed from "Brady" to something else.
Granted, I believe there's a part in all of us, deep down in a place that we don't like to talk about at parties, that's taking stock of his offseason workouts looking for signs that he's putting more effort in for Tampa than he has in Foxboro. After all, he did skip OTAs each of his final two years. But then again, was conducting workouts, either at his place in Brookline or his ranch in Montana. And with the rip in time that is 2020 skipping OTAs for him, right now it's hard to make the case he's working harder for Bruce Arians than he did for Belichick in 2018-19.
So for now, the fact he's ignoring the very same Players Association that he laid down across the barbed wire for all those years, even putting his name at the top of the lawsuit filed against the league, is fine. It's better than fine. It's one of the things we always admired so much about him. Working his ass off like a UDFA with something to prove instead of acting like the most accomplished winner in his sport's history. I don't know how you can get mad at that just because he's doing it for someone else now.
But I think you can king of get mad at this.
Ugh. I don't mind the hard work, but I don't need him rubbing our noses in it.