Tom Brady is clearly going to do whatever he wants to do.
NFLPA medical director Dr. Thom Mayer put out a statement saying players should refrain from practicing together until training camp begins in July. The Tampa Bay Bucs QB seemed to scoff at that statement as he has hosted several players for workouts despite the ongoing pandemic forcing the NFL into a holding pattern with regard to official team activities.
“Please be advised that it is our consensus medical opinion that in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states that no players should be engaged in practicing together in private workouts,” Mayer wrote. “Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.”
Brady joined at least a dozen of his new teammates for a two-hour workout at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa on Tuesday and Thursday.
After receiving a bit of criticism from fans around the league for flaunting the guidelines earlier in the week, Brady posted what appeared to be a response to those upset about his workouts.
“Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself,” Brady wrote, quoting President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Over the weekend, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that two Buccaneers players and one coach had tested positive for COVID-19.
“The names of those impacted, as well as any additional information related to these incidents, will not be released due to privacy concerns,” the team said in its statement.