NFL says Tom Brady did not commit violation by visiting Byron Leftwich
Tom Brady created a bit of an uproar recently when it was revealed that he visited with Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, but the NFL apparently had no issue with it.
A man who lives next door to Leftwich revealed this week that Brady confidently strolled into his house on April 7 thinking it was Leftwich’s house. Brady quickly realized he had entered the wrong residence, apologized repeatedly, and walked out.
Most found the story hilarious, but some NFL executives were reportedly furious because league rules prohibit players from visiting with coaches prior to the official start of the offseason program. However, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the NFL looked into the situation and determined there was no violation, as Brady was just picking up a playbook.
The NFL made an inquiry into Tom Brady’s recent visit to #Bucs OC Byron Leftwich’s house and determined there was no violation of offseason work rules, per league spokesman @NFLprguy. “It was a brief personal visit and Tom picked up the playbook.”
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 28, 2020
There’s no real way to know what Brady and Leftwich talked about or how long they met. Players likely meet with coaches all the time before it is technically “legal,” and Brady never would have gotten caught if not for the funny story. The league probably didn’t want to open up a can of worms by trying to discipline Brady or the Bucs.
Brady has hit some minor speed bumps since he officially signed with Tampa Bay, but the 42-year-old has maintained a great sense of humor about them.