Tom Brady may be an envelope-pusher, but he's not a rule-breaker.
Tampa Bay Mayor Jane Castor shared a story Monday that raised a few eyebrows: A city park patrol officer spotted a man working out in a park that was closed to limit the spread of coronavirus and approached the man to ask him to leave.
That man turned out to be Brady, who recently moved to the Tampa area after signing with the Buccaneers.
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So, was Brady punished for his misdeed? Many assumed so after Castor appeared to say the quarterback "has been cited."
But the City of Tampa followed up Tuesday with clarification: Brady was sighted, not cited.
👀 SIGHTED! 👀— City of Tampa (@CityofTampa) April 21, 2020
To clear up any confusion, @Buccaneers QB @TomBrady was SIGHTED in one of our 194 beautiful parks. He was not cited as some media outlets have reported.
We are excited to welcome Tom & everyone back to all of our parks once we have punted COVID-19 downfield! 🏈 pic.twitter.com/EH13MmlAgx
We don't know exactly how the interaction went down, but we'd imagine Brady was simply asked to move along instead of being written up for trespassing.
The 42-year-old QB often worked out in his expansive Brookline backyard while playing for the New England Patriots, but maybe he has less outdoor space to work with around the multi-million-dollar mansion he's renting from Derek Jeter in Tampa.
In any case, Brady will have to get creative as he tries to learn the Bucs' offense while cut off from his new teammates due to COVID-19.