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Bad house call: Buccaneers’ Tom Brady mistakenly enters wrong home
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  • Jenna LaineESPN Staff Writer

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    • Covered the Buccaneers since 2009
    • Joined ESPN in 2016

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is finding that, after spending 20 years in New England, moving to a new city doesn’t come without an adjustment period.

Brady was told this past week by a city employee that he couldn’t work out in a public park in downtown Tampa because of the city’s coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders. But earlier this month, Brady had an even more embarrassing episode: He walked into the wrong home.

According to TMZ, on April 7, Brady had planned to visit the home of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. Brady walked into the home next door without knocking before coming face-to-face with the homeowner and realizing he was in the wrong home.

Trespassing in parks, breaking and entering… Just making myself at home in Tompa Bay! 😂 https://t.co/zfm5q9zhz6

— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 23, 2020

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed the incident to ESPN and said that Brady and Leftwich were trying to follow social distancing guidelines, having Brady come to pick up materials from his new coach rather than meeting with him. The source said Leftwich had been expecting him, which might explain why Brady didn’t knock first.

Brady later responded to the TMZ story, tweeting, “Trespassing in parks, breaking and entering… Just making myself at home in Tompa Bay!”

“I’m sitting here, and I see this big shadow come up to my front door … and I hear my doorknob turning … and I’m like, What the hell? Like, who’s coming in my house?” homeowner David Kramer told the website. “I literally was just sitting here, and I watch this tall guy walk in my house.”

Kramer had left his front door unlocked because he’s selling his home and had multiple people over to see his property, he said. But he wasn’t expecting company at this point.

Brady was carrying duffel bags, and he dropped them on the floor as he looked up at Kramer.

“And he goes, ‘How’s it going, man?'” Kramer said. “And sarcastically I’m like, ‘I don’t know. You tell me, dude.’ Like, who are you? And then he looked at me with the most confused face. I’ll never forget it for the rest of my life.

“He just goes, ‘Am I in the wrong house?!’

“I said, ‘I think so. But who are you looking for? Where are you supposed to be?’ And he said, ‘Is this Byron’s house?'”

Brady immediately apologized before darting out the door. Kramer said he froze for several seconds, trying to comprehend what had just happened. He then rushed back outside to try to get a photo, but Brady was already walking into Leftwich’s home. Kramer said his home looks similar to Leftwich’s.

It appears the homeowner has no hard feelings.

“People make fun of me because I play the lottery,” Kramer said. “But somebody has to win the lottery.”

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