Tom Brady's Personal Guru Alex Guerrero Banned From Patriots' Sideline

Michael Dwyer  AP

Michael Dwyer AP

The New England Patriots have stripped Tom Brady's trainer of several team privileges, adding to the speculation of a rift between the trainer and coach Bill Belichick, according to a report in The Boston Globe. Guerrero was allowed to have his own office near the Patriots' locker room at the stadium, to fly on the team charter to road games, and to have access to the sidelines at every game.

For reasons that he has yet to disclose, Belichick this fall restricted some of Guerrero's special access to the team. Guerrero treated the players there with his alternative methods, and the TB12 Center billed the Patriots for his services.

Brady first began working with Guerrero when he injured his knee in 2008, and the relationship has advanced to include Brady's TB12 lifestyle and health brand.

Belichick, on the other hand, declined to comment on the changes in Foxborough.

Brady was asked Monday about a potential rift between his coach and his trainer on WEEI.

There's been a longtime joke about how Belichick is so committed to winning, he'd even be willing to trade Brady at the end of his career if he felt it made the team better in the long run. And he no longer is permitted to treat players other than Brady in his exclusive office at Gillette Stadium.

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We can assume the ban has to do with the fact that Guerrero is full of sh*t (in the past he's gotten in troulbe with the FTC for claiming he can cure cancer and concussion), and the Patriots don't want to be sued because they are perceived as being affiliated with him.

In a separate interview, the 40-year-old Brady credited Guerrero with keeping him in playing shape, saying he's fortunate to have him as a friend. "What am I supposed to do?"

MA state regulators also stepped in when Guerrero began doing business with Brady at the TB12 Center.

Belichick famously dislikes distractions.

While it sounds like Brady is still allowed to meet with Guerrero inside the team's facilities, other players not named Tom Brady now will have to head to the nearby TB12 Center if they wish to seek counsel from Guerrero. He's also the godfather to Brady's kid, Benjamin, so Belichick likely won't be able to get rid of the guy for a couple more years.

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