Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady walked into the stadium for Super Bowl LV on Sunday without a mask, upsetting NFL fans.
The National Football League had a number of problems throughout the season with COVID-19 outbreaks. One might think all players, including Brady, would take that into account for the season finale.
In a short video that shows Brady and his Tampa Bay teammates arrive at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., a lot of other players and stadium personnel are wearing facemasks. Brady is shown walking with sunglasses on and earbuds to listen to music, but no mask.
One fan tweeted out, “Why isn’t he wearing a mask like every other person?” Another fan replied, “Because he’s the GOAT. GOATs don’t wear masks.” To which, one other fan also tweeted back, “You eight goats deflate balls too.”
Another fan asks a simple question, “Where is his mask?”
“What’s so special about him that he doesn’t need to wear a mask …” was yet another fan’s response.
Players are regularly tested for COVID-19 per NFL protocols. As for why Brady wasn’t wearing a facemask along with his teammates, there has been no reason given.
Tom Brady Draws Attention Upon Arrival At Stadium
This season, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens had to reschedule a game slotted for Thanksgiving night three different times. The reason? Baltimore players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
Heading into Super Bowl LV, there were no COVID-19 outbreaks reported for either the Buccaneers or Kansas City Chiefs. Yet the fact that Tom Brady, one of the highest-profile players in NFL history, did not wear a facemask while others around him did draw attention.
The NFL did not immediately have a comment about Tom Brady’s arrival. The league does have COVID-19 protocols in place and players are supposed to wear facemasks when around others in close proximity to one another.
Tom Brady will be playing in his 10th Super Bowl, though, and the first one for his new team in Tampa Bay.