TAMPA — Even winning six Super Bowls and joining the Bucs didn’t help Tom Brady get special treatment.
Like the rest of us, the 42-year-old former Patriots quarterback has had trouble finding a place to work out. Brady was spotted at a city park and told to leave by a Tampa Parks and Recreation staffer, according to Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. The city’s parks are closed in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“I got to tell you this story, too. I always tell people, ‘Now I’m not one to gossip so you didn’t hear this from me,'” Castor said during a Facebook live chat with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman on Monday.
“But you know our parks are closed down and so a lot of our parks staff, they patrol around just to make sure people aren’t doing contact sports and things and saw an individual working out in one of our downtown parks. And she went over to tell him that it was closed and it was Tom Brady.”
“Oh my goodness," Kriseman replied.
The City of Tampa was a little apologetic to Brady later in a tweet.
“Sorry @TomBrady! Our @tampaparksrec team can’t wait to welcome you and our entire community back with even bigger smiles — until then, stay safe and stay home as much as you can to help flatten the curve.”
If Brady is still looking for a larger place to work out, one University of Florida administrator offered a suggestion:
The drive from Davis Islands to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, by the way, is just over two hours.