Tom Brady touts unproven immune supplement after defying NFLPA's COVID-19 advice against holding workouts
When Florida struggled with a COVID-19 spike and the NFLPA advised players to retire, Tom Brady met with some of his Bucs teammates for training at a prep school in Tampa on Tuesday morning.
He then advertised an immune product from his TB12 product line on his Instagram page.
Brady posted pictures from a Tuesday training session with Rob Gronkowski on an Instagram story. The Tampa Bay Times reports that at least a dozen of his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates came to him on a soccer field at the Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa at 7 a.m. and trained for two hours.
The Times categorized the training on Tuesday as "routine".
Bucs players have signed COVID-19
The training took place days after the Bucs confirmed that several players on the team had tested positive for COVID-19. On Saturday, the NFLPA issued a guide from her doctor asking the players not to gather for training during the pandemic.
"Please note that it is our medical consensus opinion that given the increase in COVID-19 cases in certain states, players should not train privately together," said a statement by Dr. Thom Mayer. “Our goal is that all players and their families will be as healthy as possible in the coming months.
"We are working on the best mitigation practices in the team facilities for both the training camp and the upcoming season and believe that it is in the best interest of all players to advise against voluntary common practices before the training camp begins."
Tom Brady trained with Buc's teammates against the advice of the NFLPA on Tuesday. (Chris Urso / Tampa Bay Times via AP)
Coronavirus concerns in Florida
The NFLPA's advice came when Florida saw an increase in COVID-19 cases since the easing of the social distancing guidelines, causing experts to worry that the state would become a new epicenter of the coronavirus.
The same day, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians posted a public video on Hillsborough County's Twitter account asking residents to practice social distancing policies.
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"In these difficult times, it is important that we all show that we care about the health of our community," said Arians. "You could broadcast COVID-19 without knowing it."
Brady Shills TB12 supplement
At the end of his Instagram story about training on Tuesday, Brady advertised an immune product from his product line with the heading: “Every Day !!! Your health is your wealth. "
Brady has been promoting the product since the COVID 19 pandemic began.
"This product was designed to provide exactly what you need to stay healthy, strong and resilient," Brady wrote on Instagram on May 18 when the pandemic broke out in the United States.
Brady has come under fire for his relationship with trainer Alex Guerrero, who has been criticized for promoting junk science.
Mass Live reports that the product costs $ 45 a month and has not been approved by the FDA or approved for effective medical care.
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