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21 December 2017, 01:06 | Marlene Fleming
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady'sclose relationship with a proponent of alternative medical treatments is under the spotlight again, with news that coach Bill Belichick is limiting Alex Guerrero's role with the team. A business partner of Brady, Guerrero has an office near the Patriots locker room and has treated several players other than Brady.
What you might not have known is the extent to which Guerrero had inserted himself into the Patriots locker room, and the friction it's caused with Bill Belichick and the team's training staff.
Belichick clearly felt Guerrero was becoming a bit too close to the daily operations of the team, and in fact he likely still feels that way. Guerrero helped the decorated quarterback launch the TB12 Center, where Brady and several other Patriots players have trained and received treatment since it opened in 2013. Still going strong at age 40, Brady says Guerrero "has been a huge part of what I do" and Guerrero has been a "huge, huge reason why I'm still playing".
Unfortunately, knowing the Patriots, we'll probably never know Belichick's reason for stripping Guerrero of his privileges. Guerrero has also worked with Brady on "The TB12 Nutrition Manual;" a line of TB12 snacks, protein bars, and "performance meals;" and a line of workout gear and apparel. He also is reportedly banned from boarding Patriots jets and has had his sideline access revoked. That led some staff members to approach Belichick with their concerns; however, according to the Globereport, Belichick indicated to the training staff that his hands were tied because of Brady's special status on the team. He's also banned from traveling with the team, and the only player he can treat at Gillette Stadium is Brady. The source said Belichick told those who complained about Guerrero: Tom wants him. Those players - a group that includes Rob Gronkowski - are still allowed to visit Guerrero in the TB12 Sports Therapy Center.
There's no telling what was the tipping point for Belichick, especially after previously saying he couldn't get rid of him because Brady liked him.
Belichick loathes distraction, and for most of the last decade and a half, Brady has been on the inside of Belichick's charmed circle.
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