Tom Brady joked about being ejected from a Tampa park amid the coronavirus pandemic, following an apology from mayor Jane Castor.
Brady swapped the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers via NFL free agency, eventually reuniting with Rob Gronkowski – who came out of retirement to play in Florida.
A six-time Super Bowl champion, Brady was spotted working out on Monday before being kicked out of the public park – prompting a light-hearted apology from Castor in a letter to the star quarterback and Gronkowski.
Brady – a three-time NFL MVP and 14-time Pro Bowler – made light of the incident in a video posted by the Buccaneers via Twitter on Sunday.
"I'm so happy to be in Tampa Bay and I wanted to say, thank you guys for welcoming me and my family into your community with open arms – outside of getting kicked out of the park the other day," the 42-year-old said.
"I'm so excited to be a Buc. We have an incredibly exciting season ahead. I can't wait 'til we can get together as a team, start our practices and start working hard to improve.
"There's a lot of work to be put in between now and the start of the season.
"But I'm looking forward to seeing you guys at Raymond James [Stadium] in a couple short months. I can promise you that. So stay safe everyone and let's go Bucs!"
On Saturday, Castor wrote: "Tom, my apologies for the miscommunication when you arrived -- not the best first impression. But given my law enforcement background, I couldn't help but have someone investigate the sighting of a G.O.A.T running wild in one of our beautiful city parks. No harm - no foul, and thanks for being a good sport."