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Report: Bill Belichick restricts Alex Guerrero's access to Patriots

Alex Reimer
December 19, 2017 - 5:55 pm

It appears as if the reported friction between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s close associate, Alex Guerrero, is real. The Boston Globe’s Bob Hohler reports Belichick has restricted Guerrero’s access to the team this season, barring him from the Patriots' chartered jet and sidelines. Guerrero is also only permitted to treat Brady at his private office in Gillette Stadium, a radical departure from recent years.

There’s been widespread speculation this season about Belichick and Guerrero feuding over his meddling with the team’s medical and training staff. Last month, ESPN the Magazine’s Seth Wickersham quoted a friend of Belichick’s who predicted a “collision was coming” between the coach and Brady’s right-hand man. Guerrero has not been spotted on the sideline over the last few weeks. 

On “Kirk & Callahan” Friday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter added that he’s heard rumors of a rift with Belichick and Guerrero as well.

Brady did not elaborate when asked Monday on K&C about Guerrero’s status with the team. “I don't have any comment on that, other than to say Alex has been a huge part of what I do and I'm so fortunate to have him not only as a friend, but with everything we've been able to do together,” Brady said. “It takes a lot of people for an NFL player to achieve. Your career and teammates and coaches and family and support and friends, and Alex has been a huge, huge reason why I'm still playing.”

Belichick also demurred when the topic was broached during his weekly appearance on “Dale & Holley with Keefe.” 

Brady is business partners with Guerrero at the TB12 clinic, which is located in Patriot Place. This year, the Patriots quarterback also published a best-selling book, “The TB12 Method,” that outlines his unorthodox wellness beliefs. 

There have been apparent issues between the Patriots’ training staff and Guerrero before. In 2015, the Globe reported that New England trainers complained to Belichick about Guerrero’s expanding role. His alternative treatment methods often conflict with philosophies of NFL training staffs. The “TB12 Method” is based around that premise. 

Guerrero, who’s also the godfather of Brady’s son, Ben, started working with the quarterback in 2004 at the behest of Willie McGinest. The two grew close in 2008, when Brady was rehabbing from his torn ACL. Since then, Guerrero has paired up with Brady to transform TB12 into a national brand. In addition to the clinic and self-help book, TB12 produces a $200 nutrition manual, snacks, protein, “performance meals” and workout apparel. 

According to Hohler, most Patriots players now consult Guerrero for treatment. Guerrero’s client list includes Rob Gronkowski, Dont’a Hightower and Julian Edelman. While Edelman and Hightower are out for the year with injuries, Gronkowski has perhaps never looked healthier this late into the season. He’s coming off maybe the signature game of his career against the Steelers. 

Guerrero and the Patriots’ staff frequently disagree about training practices, sources say. Players are still allowed to see Guerrero, but they reportedly must visit the TB12 Center away from the stadium. Previously, the TB12 Center billed the Patriots for Guerrero's work with their players. 

Any story about Guerrero is incomplete without mentioning his repeated run-ins with federal regulators. He was sued by the Federal Trade Commission in 2004 for his role as the pitchman for a phony cancer cure, Supreme Greens. Eight years later, the FTC instructed Guerrero to shut down the production of NeuroSafe, a fake concussion-prevention drink. Brady endorsed the product. 

Investigators have also looked into whether Guerrero was practicing physical therapy without a license. He was cleared in 2014. 

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