Tom Brady’s accidental trespass creates other potential problems

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The rules apparently don’t apply to #Tommy.

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. TMZ.com has the story, and it’s a funny one.

Said David Kramer to TMZ.com, “I literally was just sitting here and I watch this tall guy just walk into my house. He didn’t even look at me. He just like dropped his duffel bags down on the floor and just kind of like looked up at me and I’ll never forget the look on his face. . . . He just goes, ‘Am I in the wrong house?!'”

Brady was in the wrong house, and even though being “sighted” there won’t result in him being “cited” by the authorities, 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.

And none of this is a surprise. Rumors and speculation have been rampant in league and media circles that Tampa is taking a “no f–ks given” approach to compliance with the rules regarding both the pursuit of Brady and the effort to get him up to speed for the 2020 season, even if violations of stay-at-home orders will make it harder to have a 2020 season.

The NFL has not responded to an email requesting confirmation or clarification regarding whether Brady’s meeting with Leftwich violates offseason rules. Likewise, the Buccaneers did not immediately respond to a text message sent to the team’s P.R. director seeking comment.

128 responses to “Tom Brady’s accidental trespass creates other potential problems

  1. He needs to be locked up, he’s been getting away with stuff for years

  2. He thought he was at the beach and beaches are open per the Governor, who gets content satisfaction from WWE.

  3. With Florida’s STand your ground law, he’s lucky he didn’t get shot.

  4. Brady still cheating and thinking he’s above the rules. Probably footballs and needles in those bags

    Deflategate and Covid-19gate

  5. You can take the Cheatriot out of New England,
    but you can never take away the Cheatriot!! Lol

  6. Good thing he did not sign with Dallas. If he just walked into someones home that in Texas he would have been shot.

  7. The NFL and its ridiculous rules can take a hike if it means better quality football for the viewing public despite the world deciding human interaction should be illegal in 2020. Do you think a free agent that signs with a team isn’t allowed to get a playbook from his new team? Do you think workouts should be prohibited? The NFL really is the most over-legislated organization in the world. It’s popular in spite of the people who run it.

  8. In this country, mixed messages and lack of leadership/clarity from the top is the gift that keeps on giving.

  9. Just like when he was in New England. The Guy don’t want to follow the rules like the rest of American citizens. What part of stay at home do you not understand?

  10. I would have pulled him into the ring and had a little chatty chat chat with him.

  11. I wonder if there will be numerous comments questioning or insulting his intelligence like there were with Lamar Jackson.

  12. leave the old man alone. He was lost and disoriented you ageist!

    P.S. the balls in the bag were deflated.

  13. billsaremovingtotoronto says:
    April 23, 2020 at 1:22 pm
    He needs to be locked up, he’s been getting away with stuff for years

    Locked up? Really? Dramatic much?

  14. suppositions may make a juicy read, but they are not facts, and are irresponsible journalism.

    “the source suspects that Brady fully intended…”
    “Rumors and speculation have been rampant…

    recap: an anonymous ‘source’ gets to speculate and guess and surmise and make claims…. but not a shred of proof.

    got it.

  15. Meh. The team should be fined some nominal amount for skirting the coach-contact rules. These “stay at home” orders are legally toothless, so that’s really a non-story.

  16. thegoobers says:

    April 23, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    I wonder if there will be numerous comments questioning or insulting his intelligence like there were with Lamar Jackson.

    well lamar did have help from the blue tooth guy so there is that

  17. Florida’s stay at home in Tampa allows for gatherings of less than 10 people. You can travel about, some parks are actually open, and there is a lot you can do.

    Plus, this isn’t favoritism. The homeowner probably did not even call the cops…and they are not citing people anyway unless it’s a blatant thing. Most people are only getting warnings.

  18. Wow! Brady skirting, or outright ignoring, some well defined rules.
    Color me shocked. 😐
    Don’t you dare try to search his phone for evidence that a meeting between Leftwich and himself was prearranged, you’ll just get it in pieces.

  19. Some good chum for media sharks this Tom Brady story is. Not too bothered he went to his coaches house. I picked up school supplies from the Pre-K teacher’s front porch. And the beaches in my state aren’t open to the masses.

  20. Talk about a nothing-burger. Even if this oh-so-horrible transgression is true, it’s the equivalent of ripping a tag off a mattress.

  21. Cheaters cheat, thats what they do. Beauty is as beauty does. It becomes more clear over time how many stars are blemished.

  22. If Brady was in Florida picking up steroids for his wife, the NFL wouldn’t have a problem.

  23. Throw the book at this A hole!

    Gisselle better start wondering where the cheating line stops!

  24. Tampa Bay Tommy is really calling his new city “Tompa Bay” on twitter lol. He really is a weird dude.

  25. Florida’s governor supports person crowding together and spreading the virus. Tom is just following DeSantis’s wishes.

  26. petedutcher says:
    April 23, 2020 at 1:38 pm
    Florida’s stay at home in Tampa allows for gatherings of less than 10 people. You can travel about, some parks are actually open, and there is a lot you can do.

    This isn’t about Florida rules, it’s about NFL rules.

    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.”

  27. I’m sure the duffel bags only contained TB12™ WHEY PROTEIN ISOLATE since Byron probably couldn’t get any shipped to him.

  28. Maybe, if a few dozen other players hadn’t already been doing things like this, it would matter. But probably not even then.

    Setting aside any rules issues around coaches and players meeting, as a fan I want more coach-player contact, not less. I think it should be allowed 365 days per year. The product on the field seems to get worse every year, so the more preparation the better, I say.

  29. Please let the nfl season start as scheduled. I’ve never been more excited for a draft than I am tonight. If football players wanna workout or study their playbooks so it gives us better football I’m all for it. If the wwe is considered an essential business in the state of florida then football sure is.

  30. revren10 says:
    April 23, 2020 at 1:37 pm
    thegoobers says:

    April 23, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    I wonder if there will be numerous comments questioning or insulting his intelligence like there were with Lamar Jackson.

    well lamar did have help from the blue tooth guy so there is that
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    Yup. We saw what happened to him too against the Titans when Bluetooth guy went away. 🤔

  31. This is all nonsense. Brady should be able to throw balls in a park, Brady should be able to go to grown man’s house and stand 6′ away from him or pickup a package of paperwork. Ohio was one of the first to go into lockdown and I have never once felt like I can’t leave the house as long as I’m making smart decisions for me or my family. These lockdowns are necessary, but we’re not talking about prisons here. Florida F-ed themselves when the left beaches open for spring break. Tom Brady going to Byron Leftwich’s house means nothing.

  32. andymannfl says:
    April 23, 2020 at 1:35 pm
    leave the old man alone. He was lost and disoriented you ageist!

    P.S. the balls in the bag were deflated.
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    P.S. the balls in both bags were deflated . Fixed it for you .

  33. Lmao if you think other players aren’t doing this then you are INSANE. Stop being a lil narc. Derrrr que the outrage machine!!!!!

  34. Tom just needs to say that he and the coach were having a religious gathering, which the Florida governor (in all of his infinite wisdom) has deemed “essential”

  35. I’m shocked! Shocked! That players are meeting with coaches!

    Captain Renault
    Casablanca

  36. Don’t mess with the virus Tom. It’s a more formidable foe than anyone you have faced on the field.

  37. How do you go to the wrong house these days unless you’re a complete idiot.

  38. Florida…I’m pretty sure if it was Leftwich wandering into someone’s house, this story would have ended differently.

  39. steelcurtainn says:
    April 23, 2020 at 1:30 pm
    Just like when he was in New England. The Guy don’t want to follow the rules like the rest of American citizens

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    Perhaps he believes the Bill of Rights in our Constitution supersedes the various local laws that Napoleonic wanna-be dictators are putting in place in an effort to look like they have a handle on things.

  40. truthprofessor says:
    April 23, 2020 at 2:02 pm
    Tom just needs to say that he and the coach were having a religious gathering, which the Florida governor (in all of his infinite wisdom) has deemed “essential”
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    Or he could say he was there to wrestle Leftwich because that somehow qualifies as an essential service solely by the governor with the very limited capacity brain .

  41. It was pretty clear how much Tommy believes in rules, not only from his playing with the Pats but also his voting record. He has had an incredible career but he’s so unlikeable.

  42. The League has to fine TB and TB. Meeting up is a strict no-no. $100K to team and $25K to each : TB & BL.

    Tom needs to be reigned in and told he needs to follow rules; he isn’t in Boston anymore.

  43. “He needs to be locked up, he’s been getting away with stuff for years”

    For what exactly? Yet people like you are cheering on the “open the states up” protesters who are likely causing far more harm and spreading the disease widely among themselves and others.

  44. If Dak Prescott would have done this i would see blanket statement comments about people of color

  45. Christ watch the video the guy didn’t care

    Nothing like giving the jealous crybabies something to cry about.

    #GOATx6

  46. I am sure none of this spoils the joy that Tom Brady, the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, and Gronk, one of the two or three Greatest NFL TEs of All-Time, feel knowing that they will not have to travel far to watch their former team, the New England Patriots, the Greatest NFL Dynasty of All-Time, face the NFC representative in the 2021 Super Bowl in Tampa.

    I am sure Brady and Gronk will be welcome to watch that game from the Kraft family’s luxury suite if they want.

  47. So, this is what I mean right here….In 48 hours, Brady has shown poor leadership and decision making.

    I am dead serious when I say this, but maybe he has the roots of CTE?

    Throw in his odd Antonio Brown thing last year and for a guy concerned about image and his brand, what on earth is he doing?

    This is literally why BB walked. Literally. He saw these things bubbling up, probably daily, behind the scenes.

    WOW

  48. It’s humorous that he walked into the wrong house.

    Now that the ‘normal people’ reaction is out of the way…

    (INSERT FAKE OUTRAGE!!)

  49. Let’s see..

    “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.”

    The interpretation here:

    “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.”

    Wow. Those are some powers of deduction there!

    Or…maybe Brady’s explanation was actually true. He went to a house to pick up materials. Believe it or not, one can transfer materials without meeting a person. The delivery companies are doing this every day.

    So glad Florio is peddling conjecture provided by anonymous sources. That really adds value to our day.

    BTW, Brady remains the only witness from DeflateGate who provided testimony under oath under penalty of perjury. But the hating continues because people like Florio provide a forum for other people to anonymously make accusations that are unsupported by any evidence.

    Mike, this is how journalism works: you’re supposed to have a reason to grant anonymity. Letting a person air conjecture without fear of blowback isn’t a good reason. Conjecture isn’t whistleblowing.

    Do I know what Brady was doing there? No, but neither does this source. And if he’s been exposed to NFL smears for 5 years, there’s a good likelihood he doesn’t have an unbiased opinion.

  50. chawk12thman says:
    April 23, 2020 at 2:39 pm
    The League has to fine TB and TB. Meeting up is a strict no-no. $100K to team and $25K to each : TB & BL.

    Tom needs to be reigned in and told he needs to follow rules; he isn’t in Boston anymore.

    They didn’t actually meet. You want them to be fined based on a conjecture that they intended to meet.

    This is what’s known as a Thought Crime.

  51. shurmanblog says:
    April 23, 2020 at 2:39 pm
    truthprofessor says:
    April 23, 2020 at 2:02 pm
    Tom just needs to say that he and the coach were having a religious gathering, which the Florida governor (in all of his infinite wisdom) has deemed “essential”
    ————————————————————————————————
    Or he could say he was there to wrestle Leftwich because that somehow qualifies as an essential service solely by the governor with the very limited capacity brain .
    ————————————————————————————

    LOL. You have far too much respect for the intelligence of DeSantis (Duh-Santis).

  52. He’s in Florida many old folks probably walk into the wrong house! Plus we know they don’t care about shelter in place there… keep hating !! Kick but TB12!!

  53. P.S. the balls in the bag were deflated.
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    P.S. the balls in both bags were deflated . Fixed it for you .

    Actually the balls in neither bag were deflated.

    Here’s the gas law: PV = nRT. P = pressure, V = volume, n = number of molecules, R is a constant, and T is temperature.

    On that day, T went down so P went down because the other variables were constant.

    “Deflating” means letting air out of the balls, i.e. changing “n”. Too many people think changing P means changing n.

    The only people who changed n were the officials who added air during halftime. That’s why the Pats’ footballs had higher pressures in the post-game measurements.

    The whole thing is incredibly stupid from a science perspective. But this is what we get when the only degrees that matter are MBAs and JDs and nobody bothers to learn high school chemistry.

  54. Dublin Demons says:
    April 23, 2020 at 2:40 pm
    In New England this never would have made the press.

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    From 2000-2006 or 2014-2016, Tom Brady, the real Tom Brady, never would have ignored a sign about a place being closed, trespassing, and then doing it again inside of a private residence like some kind of a person with possible mental illness.

    Capiche?

    Seriously: Who kidnapped the real Tom Brady?

    He shouldn’t be entering the home of an employee right now, to practice distancing like I am doing and everyone else should be doing at this time. This just is a bad look. Period.

  55. Nothing new here that the Patriots (and likely lots of other teams) were doing (and are doing). Other than it being during current conditions, the NFL wouldn’t care, and would be especially willing to look the other way for Brady (though the Pats will claim this another inquisition of the Patriots – because the NFL should look past all their past cheating because they are well, the Patriots)

  56. Dublin Demons says:
    April 23, 2020 at 2:40 pm
    In New England this never would have made the press
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    Almost like Patrick Chung.

  57. “Totally illegal” other than the small fact that… they didn’t meet?

    More anti Brady mania

  58. Said David Kramer to TMZ.com, “I literally was just sitting here and I watch this tall guy just walk into my house. He didn’t even look at me. He just like dropped his duffel bags down on the floor and just kind of like looked up at me and I’ll never forget the look on his face. . . . He just goes, ‘Am I in the wrong house?!’”

    Chances are this was in a good neighborhood so the homeowner didn’t shoot him. I’m sure they can both laugh about it now but it could have ended badly.

  59. OMG! These so-called “incidents” are such a non-story, I can’t believe anyone is even bothering to report them!
    I mean, c’mon!! My family and I have been following every common sense precaution we can to guard against this pandemic, but out of necessity we still go out to stores where there are other people. We wear masks and see most people wearing masks, too — but not all of them.
    I was in Lowes last week with my mask on and as I entered an aisle a woman who was wearing a respirator of some type (which was probably for protection against dust, not germs!, plus gloves, and a hood, saw me coming and immediately grabbed something off a shelf and turned her basket around and took off the other way. It was obvious she was paranoid about coming into close contact with me or anyone else. I couldn’t believe her hysteria.
    I am not making light of this pandemic what so ever. It is serious and it’s right that we all are careful. BUT — the extent of some peoples’ hysteria over this is beyond absurd.
    If PFT thinks Brady and/or the Bucs need to be disciplined for these two “incidents”, I think they are paranoid, too. Because if anyone believes that players and coaches all around the league are not meeting, I have a bridge to sell them. I would bet the ranch that it’s happening all around the league.
    No one in my family is ill with any symptoms of Covid-19 and we have had friends and family members at our house who also don’t have any symptoms. We will continue to do that. Because if we have to live in total fear and isolation, we might as well be dead.
    We all know that players, coaches, and owners will do everything they can to get an edge over everyone else. It’s always been that way and all you have to do is look at all the suspensions which have taken place in every sport to see that it’s a fact. I have no doubt Brady was at this coach’s house to talk about football or do a workout. But I say, BIG DEAL!!! Cheating is the norm in all sports, whether it’s high school, college, or pro. Anyone who thinks otherwise, see me soon because I have a bridge to sell you.

  60. mhouser1922 says:
    April 23, 2020 at 1:41 pm
    Talk about a nothing-burger.
    ________
    Saying burger after something went out about 8 years ago, and it wasn’t even cool then.

  61. edwicy says:
    April 23, 2020 at 3:39 pm
    Tommy Trespass, has a good ring to it
    _______
    He should trademark it along with his other 13 trademarked names.

  62. The fact the guy’s kitchen island being redone was “essential” and that Brady would have been in full compliance if he worked in the WWE and not the NFL kind of kept me from getting too upset about this.

  63. Dear Tampa Fans: Welcome to the ridiculous comment zone. You will be here for a while. Just remember 3/4 of the commenters spend less time on their own teams then they do chasing down anything to do with the Patriots (and now the Buccaneers) and spewing stupid hatred on it. Sorry, it’s the price you have to pay for Tom Brady and Gronk.

  64. Hold one… So you’re actually claiming that Tom Brady, THE GOAT, winner of 6 superbowls, was made to carry footballs around in a duffel?

    LOL! That is comical. Tom would say “Yeah, right. I’ll be out on my deck with G and the little Bradys. Let me know when the equipment guys arrive!”

  65. What Brady meant to say upon encountering the homeowner was, “Live From New York, Its Saturday Night”!!

  66. steelcurtainn says:
    April 23, 2020 at 1:30 pm
    Just like when he was in New England. The Guy don’t want to follow the rules like the rest of American citizens. What part of stay at home do you not understand?

    ***************************************

    Who the h3ll are you to tell me to stay at home? This is all a huge government overreach for what is now looking like a major misjudgment on the actual risks here. We have rights, and watching how quickly the sheeple gave up their rights is very disappointing. That might fly in the Squeal City, but not here.

    If Tom wants to work out in your park, or come visit you at home, break out the adult beverages and consider yourself lucky. Tom should have been born triplets. He’s too good to be one man. Imagine how many Super Bowls Pittsburgh would have if it weren’t for Tom Brady… For that alone we should all be grateful to Tom. It’s bad enough you’re all living 50 years in the past. Were that to have been repeated in recent times, it would be unbearable. Thanks Tom!

  67. @ nyneal

    OMG! These so-called “incidents” are such a non-story, I can’t believe anyone is even bothering to report them!

    Did you have the same response to the Dak story? Many were all over Dak for having a party at his home (and the story included a photo of a table of food hot even at his house) Not only did Brady violate the stay-at-home order, he also violated NFL policy by meeting with Leftwich prior to the offseason program.

    The Bucs should be penalized if the league is to have any consistency or backbone. But they don’t, and they don’t.

  68. I assume the League will take 4+ months to investigate this incident like the one at the Bengals game.
    Actually, as a Pats fan, I expect the Bucs to get a pass on this. Had it happened in New England they’d be trying to figure out a way to take a draft pick away THE DAY OF THE DRAFT.

  69. If Tom denies this ever happened & the guy made up the story, how can anyone prove he violated anything?

  70. ikeclanton says:
    April 23, 2020 at 2:54 pm
    It’s humorous that he walked into the wrong house.

    Now that the ‘normal people’ reaction is out of the way…

    (INSERT FAKE OUTRAGE!
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    Not so funny if you’re the home owner and your kids are upstairs.

  71. Obviously the homeowner didnt press charges. That’s not up to the cops so saying they treated him any different is stupid. As far as breaking the stay at home if the nfl punishes him they should punish every single player seen outside his house

  72. As the evidence continues to show, ‘stay at home orders’ are for the little people. They are for you, not Celebs, media, the rich, politicians, and other members of the ruling class.

  73. I know a kid from Chicago who’s whole family left him at home. The ironic thing is he managed to fend off two bungling would be burglars while home by himself.

  74. Every team does the same thing but Patriots are much higher profile then other teams. Especially da Goat. If Bill or Tom eat at Wendy’s there’s a goddamn conspiracy.

  75. Tom Brady breaking the rules? Say it ain’t so!

    Oh… and Tom that is Florida! You don’t want to just be walking in people’s houses in Florida!

  76. haughville says:
    April 23, 2020 at 1:28 pm
    Cue the Pats fans blaming the Colts for this in…3-2-1…
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    The Colts didn’t do anything. And this doesnt affect the Patriots at all.
    And besides, KC is the new top team so its time to start blaming them for stuff now.

  77. I seriously think you are or were an ambulance chaser. It all fits now. You are ALWAYS looking for the negative angle.

  78. If Brady gets suspended for the year does Gronk all of a sudden decide he doesnt want to play football this year?

  79. Stay at home. Respect your neighbors–limit public exposure to the virus.
    The government, state and local authorities are entrusted with acting responsibly. They have the authority to impose restrictions to ensure the health and well being of the entire nation….

  80. Violating the social distance ordinance is one step away from triple homicide.

  81. 2nd major offence by Brady! This is should now be 8 games for Tom, A year for the head coach,1 million cash fine and the loss of a first round pick. LOL

  82. “Stay at home” doesn’t literally mean you are imprisoned at home, but entering a closed park is a no-no

  83. Tampa Bay Tommy really is getting kinda annoying. So this is what it’s like to think this way… heh.

  84. So, Leftwich of all people is Brady’s new deflate-guy? How do you think that all went down?

  85. It is essential to make money…. So I see alone in a park okay for his health, well being and family. Walking into someones how by mistake has no intent so it isn’t a crime it is an accident….I have walked into 2 houses byu mistake in my life… Yes alcohol was involved.

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