Bucs QB Tom Brady claims he’d play in empty stadiums if needed during pandemic
The NFL continues to navigate through uncharted waters with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is well aware of it. As a result, they could be forced to mirror the actions that the NBA had considered taking before officially suspending the 2019-20 NBA season.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the prospect of having to play games in empty stadiums. According to Tim Reynolds of the Asscoiated Press, transcribing his comments on the Howard Stern Show on Wedensday, Brady would not have no issue making it happen if need be:
“Brady says he would play in empty stadiums this year, if that’s what things come to in this coronavirus world.”
Brady’s willingness to play is certainly understandable. After all, he is set to start a new chapter in his career and is hoping to have a chance to put another stamp on his illustrious career with Tampa Bay. At 42 years old, he does not have very much time to wait around for the pandemic to be over in order to continue his career.
The prospect of playing in a stadium without fans was initially shot down by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James. James’ comments came during the initial onset of the outbreak when the virus was not deemed to be too severe. He has since altered his stance during the hiatus from basketball and it seems those in other sports are starting to warm up to the idea.
A timetable for a return to normalcy has yet to be determined. As a result, the league is being forced to take precautions in the event that the situation does not improve by the time the 2020 NFL season rolls around. But if empty stadiums are the call, Brady is not opposed.