TOM Brady again defied coronavirus safety advice to practice with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates, despite the fact that two players recently tested positive for the virus.
After getting flack for practicing with teammates on Tuesday after the athletes were warned about health risks, Brady shared a photo of himself at practice again to his Instagram story, along with a motivational quote from FDR: “Only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
Tom Brady and his new teammates on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practiced together despite health warningsCredit: AP:Associated Press
Brady and his teammates were spotted practicing together without masksCredit: AP:Associated Press
Despite Brady’s uplifting quote, many in Florida do fear the coronavirus – especially as the number of cases in the state continues to rise.
Florida has seen a steady increase in cases throughout the month of June, hitting its peak since the beginning of the outbreak on Wednesday with more than 5,500 new recorded cases, according to the New York Times.
Earlier this week, the NFL Players Association Medical Director Dr Thom Mayer released a statement urging players to stop “practicing together” until training camps open in late July.
“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,” he wrote.
The QB shared an FDR quote about having no fear to Instagram on ThursdayCredit: AP:Associated Press
“Our goal is to have all players and your families as healthy as possible in the coming months.”
But Brady was out with the Bucs this week anyway. He was spotted on Tuesday working out with his teammates sans mask for an entire two-hour practice, which was held at a local high school, Berkeley Prep.
There was no mask in sight in today’s post either.
It’s unclear from the posts what kind of safety measures the team may have been taking to ensure COVID-19 is not spreading to players or staff.
The mayor of Tampa, Jane Castor, did make it mandatory last week that face masks be worn inside public spaces after cases continued to surge throughout the state.
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At least two Bucs players and one assistant coach have tested positive for COVID-19 so far, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The team confirmed in a statement to ESPN that in addition to the two players and the coach, two assistants had been quarantined due to the virus.
“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.