TAMPA, Fla. — Six Super Bowl rings may get you special treatment in a lot of places but former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady learned Monday that it won’t get you anything when you’re caught working out in a park that is closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said during a news briefing Monday that the new Buccaneers quarterback was spotted working out by himself at a park downtown by staff patrol. The staffer went over to tell him he had to leave and she recognized the man to be the 42-year-old Brady.
The mayor explained it during a Facebook live chat with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, as reported by the Tampa Bay Times.
“A lot of our parks staff, they patrol around just to make sure people aren’t doing contact sports and things," Castor said. “[They] 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 apologetic later in a tweet.
The City of Tampa tweeted from its page Monday, “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."
👀 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
The four-time Super Bowl MVP left the Patriots and signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in free agency, joining a team with the worst winning percentage in league history.