The Patriots have revoked sideline privileges of Tom Brady's trainer, Alex Guerrero, adding to the speculated rift between the trainer and coach Bill Belichick, according to a report from the Boston Globe.
According to a Hohler report in the Globe in 2015, Belichick felt he had no choice but to allow Guerrero to be involved with players, despite complaints from the team's training staff.
Brady also said that Guerrero "has been a huge, huge reason why I'm still playing" at age 40.
Even though the reporter rephrased the question, the exchange was already skidding off course.
Brady's bond with Guerrero became so strong that in 2010 he endorsed a beverage called Neurosafe that Guerrero's supplement company marketed as "a drink that protects your brain from the consequences of sports-related traumatic brain injury". Now, the Patriots are striping Guerrero of numerous privileges.
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But Brady has developed a strong relationship with Guerrero, 52, over the years.
Guerrero, a close friend of Brady's and the godfather of his son, worked with the quarterback to launch the TB12 Center near Gillette Stadium in 2013. Given the importance of Brady to the franchise, the organization has allowed Guerrero to work directly with players outside of the plans of the team's medical and training staffs. He also can no longer treat any other players in the locker room beyond his star client. State investigators also looked into allegations that he practiced physical therapy without a license, though he was later cleared of that accusation. "What am I supposed to do?"
"We don't know what brought this to a head this year, but maybe part of it could be that now a lot of the roster is seeing this guy, and basically not dealing with the medical staff for the Patriots, who have complained to Bill Belichick about this", Golic said Wednesday on "Golic and Wingo".
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.
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