Bill Belichick is laying down the law.
Throughout the week, there have been rumors swirling around that there’s a ‘beef’ between Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s fitness doctor Alex Guerrero.
Well, according to the Boston Globe, those rumors are apparently true, as the team has banned Brady’s trainer Alex Guerrero from flying on the team plane as well as being on the sidelines during games:
Alex Guerrero, Tom Brady’s friend and business partner, is now banned from boarding #Patriots jets. His sideline access has been revoked. And he no longer is permitted to treat players other than Brady in his exclusive office at Gillette Stadium. https://t.co/4elR6uZk75 pic.twitter.com/wb2ijizYzL
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) December 19, 2017
Brady, who’s publicly credit the fitness and training regiment crete by Guerrero for his incredible longevity in his career and relatively lack of injuries. Recently, Brady teamed with Guerrero to write a book and develop a Tom Brady wellness app that will transform you into a physical freak for $200 a year.
Because Tom Brady is well, Tom Brady, his personal fitness guru has been giving special privileges, including access to the Patriots locker room as well as traveling with the team on their private plane. But over the past couple of weeks, there were reports of a potential feud between Guerrero and Belichick.
And, now the Boston Globe confirmed the officially banning and shed some light as to what may have caused it:
The Globe reported in 2015 that the Patriots medical and training staff had lodged complaints with Belichick about Guerrero’s expanding role with the team. Their concerns involved Guerrero’s alternative treatment practices often clashing with their own methods as well as his questionable background.
Before Brady made him his business partner, Guerrero had been sanctioned by federal regulators for falsely presenting himself as a medical doctor and deceptively promoting nutritional supplements, according to government records.
Massachusetts state regulators also stepped in when Guerrero began doing business with Brady at the TB12 Center. While Guerrero treated Patriots players and other TB12 clients there, investigators looked into allegations that he was practicing physical therapy without a license. He was cleared of wrongdoing in a 2014 letter instructing him to abide by state regulations while supervising licensed therapists at the TB12 center.
Belichick indicated to the team’s medical and training staff at the time that his hands were tied because of Brady’s special status with the franchise, according to a source with direct knowledge of Belichick’s exchange with the staffers. The source said Belichick told those who complained about Guerrero: Tom wants him. What am I supposed to do?
By this season, however, TB12’s client list has grown to include most of the Patriots roster – a unique arrangement in the National Football League. With Guerrero effectively involved in the health and training practices of much of the team, it’s not unusual for him and the Patriots medical and training staff to differ, according to sources.
Belichick famously dislikes distractions. He dislikes divisiveness, real or perceived, even more. Internal observers believe that restricting Guerrero’s operations in the stadium might reduce some tension in the workplace, where promoting player health and game readiness is considered a priority.