Tampa mayor ‘pardons’ Tom Brady for infamous trespassing incident
Tom Brady’s arrival in Tampa in April got off to an inauspicious start thanks to him running afoul of Florida’s then-on-the-books stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now that the six-time champion has led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl since 2003, the city’s mayor has amusingly “pardoned” the quarterback for his trespassing transgressions.
Brady was spotted by a Tampa Parks and Recreation employee working out in a closed park shortly after he signed with the Bucs, which elicited an amusing fallout on several fronts. The Buccaneers quarterback himself even cracked wise about how he was so unceremoniously welcomed to his new town by “getting kicked out of the park the other day.”
Tampa Bay mayor Jane Castor attempted to defuse the situation at the time by apologizing to Brady.
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. https://t.co/qRhReqqdK0— City of Tampa (@CityofTampa) April 21, 2020
Now, with Brady and the Bucs preparing to take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at the team’s Raymond James Stadium home, Castor took it one step further.
“We couldn’t possibly let him go into the big game with any baggage,” Castor said on Twitter Wednesday while confirming that Brady was indeed “pardoned” for his “crime.”
We couldn't possibly let him go in to the big game with any baggage. Thanks @SportsCenter for the reminder.#GoBucs #SBLV https://t.co/PEOMnskcQK— Jane Castor (@JaneCastor) January 27, 2021
Castor’s “pardon” obviously is nothing more than a savvy act of PR. A politician can do far worse than hop on the bandwagon of a local team that is heading to a championship game.
While Castor may receive some flack from naysayers, cynics and critics, most Tampa-area residents who passionately back the Bucs will love her “official” act of office.