New Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback Tom Brady made headlines for the wrong reasons on Thursday when it was revealed he accidentally barged into a stranger's Florida home instead of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich's.
Despite the humorous mistake, it could be a costly one for the six-time Super Bowl champion and former New England Patriots signal-caller due to the revelation that he left his house during the current public-health crisis.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, not only did Brady violate the state of Florida's stay-at-home order, but his not-so-subtle intention to work out with his new offensive coordinator (hence the duffel bags the QB brought over) also violates the NFL preventing players and coaches from meeting. Writes Florio,
“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.”
Brady attempted to laugh off the honest mistake on social media, sharing on Twitter that his various misdeeds in the new city is just making himself “at home in Tompa Bay,” the nickname coined following the former 199th-overall pick's free agency move.
Trespassing in parks, breaking and entering… Just making myself at home in Tompa Bay! 😂 https://t.co/zfm5q9zhz6
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 23, 2020
Brady was earlier caught in a public park closed due to the coronavirus outbreak earlier this week. Following up that stunt with a breaking and entering is the encore for the three-time NFL MVP, who will be aided by former Patriots teammate tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is coming out of retirement to play with the Buccaneers as New England traded the erstwhile WWE wrestler to the NFC South franchise.