DeMaurice Smith: Tom Brady workouts “not in the best interest of player safety”

AP

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has continued to flout the NFLPA’s suggestions about offseason workouts.

And the head of the union made it clear he’s not thrilled with Brady’s decision, for reasons that go beyond the players who are putting themselves at risk by gathering in one of the country’s biggest COVID-19 hotspots.

Those practices are not in the best interest of player safety,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said, in an interview with Mackenzie Salmon of USA Today. “They’re not in the best interest of protecting our players heading into training camp. And I don’t think they are in the best interest of us getting through an entire season.”

Smith pointed to the current discussions between the league and the union about workplace requirements, saying it was far more complicated than the matter of one group of players doing their own thing.

“I certainly understand how competitive our players are and I get that,” Smith said. ” At the same time, we are in the process of trying to negotiate, we have to negotiate with the league what happens when a player tests positive during the season. Does that player go on injured reserve? Do they go on short-term IR? If you test positive for the virus after training camp, is that a work-related injury? Are you covered under workers comp?  What benefits are available to you if you have downstream injuries from contacting COVID-19?

“All of the things that players may want to do during the offseason, have a direct impact on how well we can negotiate protections for them once the season starts. We sent out the guidance because that was in their best health and safety interests. Let’s just say for some of the players who have practiced, we’ve made sure they heard the message.”

If Brady heard it, he doesn’t care, sending out another picture last week with the message: “Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”

Considering the rapid spread of the virus in Florida and the growing number of cases whenever players gather — along with the complications for the entire union Smith mentioned — perhaps he should expand the scope.

42 responses to “DeMaurice Smith: Tom Brady workouts “not in the best interest of player safety”

  1. I am all for people being careful about the virus and limiting their outings. But Brady’s won 6 SBs to be the best at his job because he’s committed to this extent. To the extent that he’s had to tone it down due to how hard it was on his family. But this after twenty years is his first new system, all new receivers, and right now he’s doing less dangerous things than he’ll be doing once the season starts in a short little bit, if it does at all, and right now he has to be going on the assumption of getting ready for the season in a new place. Not ideal to be not social distancing but compared to going to the bar or something, I prefer the players spending their free time on this.

  2. Brady has always been a entitled jerk that feels the rules don’t apply to him.

    Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick further instilled this in Tom.

  3. Then make it a rule. Don’t throw out these half-hearted “I just don’t think it’s a good idea” statements, outright ban it.

  4. covid 19 will not stop until we rip the band aid off and open everything 100%. herd immunity

  5. I applaud TB12 for being himself and not letting anyone bully him into their way of thinking.

  6. Just think, if no receivers or centers showed up Tom would not be working out with anyone. Then we would not be talking about this. It’s not just Tom who should be in this conversation.

  7. When has Tom Brady ever followed the rules? He has six Super Bowl wins with an asterisk beside them

  8. A group of Covid 19 NEGATIVE players gathered to practice….Where’s the problem DeMaurice? Someone explain that to me, because I have a serious problem with this entire Corona virus, and what is expected of people who are Covid 19 NEGATIVE

  9. This is why TB is the GOAT, he simply out works everyone else and is still hungry for championships!

    The rings do not lie!

  10. 6 other QB are doing the same thing but Brady is

    Different. First NFLPA doesn’t have the authority

    to shut him down. WOW and someone commented they should

    be a asterick on his rings. Did you just make that up I never heard

    that before.

  11. 9500 people infected in Florida yesterday. Care to know how many died? Wait for it….20. TWENTY. But let’s not talk about at all about the mortality rate not going up in the least and the hospitals are not anywhere near overburdened, which is exactly the two things we were primarily concerned about from the jump. But now it’s about number of infections?

  12. I am not a fan of Brady at all.

    That being said, I don’t think too many practices by Super Bowl teams are performed in the interest of player safety. I applaud Brady for holding practices however I pull my hair out that he was not punished for breaking into the wrong house to get the playbook.

    The NFL and NFLPA cannot be upset with the practices when nothing was done for any other infractions. What did they think Brady was going to do with illegally obtained playbook?

  13. This is that TOM thing , Brady looking to one up everybody with the he wants it more than everybody else act ,it so tired !

  14. As if Tom Brady cares what simpleton mortals like DeMarcus Smith thinks. If you don’t like it, make it a damn rule for all teams to obey. Otherwise shut up and let teams decide what’s best for them.

  15. The only think he has to fear is getting sick and dying or getting his family friends and teammates sick…thank you Tom for bringing the patriot way to florida

  16. How the heck do they expect to play a full 5 month season if players can’t play together? Think this virus will kindly go away by the time training camp comes around? Think covid is a football fan? Either let the players workout and play, or cancel the season.

  17. Tom shows how important football and winning are to him. A lot of players talk about winning, but how committed are they?

  18. Tom Brady is probably the most vacuous person in sports. You would think after 20 years in the NFL, 6 championship, tremendous wealth, and at age 45 he would move on to the next stage of his life. Why not think about spending more time with family? Why not develop other interests?
    Why doesn’t he think about the risk of serious life altering injury? It’s not going to end well for Brady.

  19. I know Brady has a new team & new teammates. But when you consider all that he’s accomplished & has nothing really to prove, this seems a little obsessive & ridiculous. I know his wife can’t be too thrilled with this, even thought she’s not going to say anything publicly. Brady has become obsessed with trying to show that he can be successful without Bill.

  20. “Our best estimate right now is that for every case that’s reported, there actually are 10 other infections,” Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC

    So that is over 25 million Americans infected now, and only 126k dead. That’s less than 0.5%. And 75% of all deaths were 65 years or older (50% being over 75).

    The fact that we could cancel an NFL season over this, or that Tom Brady and a few top level athletes should be condemned for practicing outdoors, is insanity.

  21. The fact that we could cancel an NFL season over this, or that Tom Brady and a few top level athletes should be condemned for practicing outdoors, is insanity.

    Your cavalier attitude toward 130,000 deaths is shameful. Bet you wouldn’t feel that way if it had been your parents or grandparents. Look in the mirror dude and you’ll see a very dead soul staring back at you.

  22. Brady has 6 rings, all tainted, and he’s an admitted cheater. I hope Tampa Bay loses every game they play for signing him–if there’s a season at all this year.

  23. 90+% recovery rate most deaths are underlying health conditions and 65 and up. Why is a couple healthy people outside social distancing throwing a ball so bad? Should i now throw a ball with my sons? Enough with this cancel culture

  24. What if Kaepernick was running a workout? Bet it would’ve been celebrated and televised.

  25. While the headline focuses on Brady, Smith was talking about everyone doing practices. Brady gets clicks, though, so he’s the focus when this is written about.

    Practice begins soon, and no matter how careful teams try to be, that will be a lot more likely to lead to exposure than these player-organized practices. So let’s quit being hypocrites. Either stop criticizing the informal practices or start criticizing the idea of practicing and playing football this year.

    I will say that I’m bugged by Brady’s FDR quote saying the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. A lot of people in this country are rightfully fearful of catching this virus and dying or being extremely ill from it. And being cautious is not the same thing as being fearful.

  26. Why are these double standards for everything. Tom Brady shouldn’t pratice with a handful of people but its okay to go inside to resturants, bars, haircuts and malls in Flrorida.

    If NFL wants something they should make it a rule. Otherwise, shut their traps if someone is doing things correctly by their state’s orders.

  27. There are a lot of people who are not asymptomatic And are not dead… although I feel great now I was really sick and my wife was worse…getting an early start on the season is reckless and selfish.. that attitude is prevalent and is why Florida is losing the fight

  28. If he was protesting it would be fine. Tom needs to use his brain. Not safe to practice!!!

  29. v2787 says:
    June 28, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Brady has 6 rings, all tainted, and he’s an admitted cheater. I hope Tampa Bay loses every game they play for signing him–if there’s a season at all this year.

    Get some help dude.

  30. it’s OUTSIDE not in a weight room or a party in the crib. you can be smart about it and he’s a smart guy. notice how this is just outrageous but having “a few friends over” is a lesser offense.

  31. Vasteelerfan says:
    June 28, 2020 at 12:03 pm
    The fact that we could cancel an NFL season over this, or that Tom Brady and a few top level athletes should be condemned for practicing outdoors, is insanity.

    Your cavalier attitude toward 130,000 deaths is shameful. Bet you wouldn’t feel that way if it had been your parents or grandparents. Look in the mirror dude and you’ll see a very dead soul staring back at you.
    _________

    647k Americans die of heart disease ever year. But we don’t have government mandates on your diet or exercise habits.

    When managing an aggregate situation like this, the only tool you can use are statistics. Shutting down large portions of the economy for COVID-19 just doesn’t make a ton of sense when you look at the available statistics. There has to be acceptable risk in everything we do otherwise we wouldn’t be able to function. There has to be personal responsibility at some point.

  32. Here’s the plan people…
    Have every player quarantine for 14 days right before training camp. Everybody’s clean and ready to go. Unless the 14 day isolation is another crock of crap.

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