Eventually, however, one staffer grabbed a hold of him and tackled him to the ground. Video shot by a fan in the stands shows the kid being taken down with force.
Authorities then slapped cuffs on the child, before hauling him into a holding area inside the stadium.
A spokesperson for the Tampa Police Dept. tells TMZ Sports the boy was issued a civil citation, given notice to appear in court ... and then released.
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This is the second time in less than a week that a field invader has caused a scene at an NFL game ... last Monday, a smoke-bomb-toting protester was slammed by Rams star Bobby Wagner in the middle of "Monday Night Football" against the 49ers. He filed a police report over the incident. The case is ongoing.
As for how Brady and the Bucs handled their brief distraction ... none of them got involved -- and they clearly didn't let it bother them, beating Atlanta, 21-15.