Tom Brady’s trainer, Alex Guerrero, says Patriots coach Bill Belichick “never evolved” during Brady’s career in New England. Guerrero made the comments in an interview with The Boston Herald that was published Thursday.
Guerrero, who has worked with Brady for more than 15 years and co-founded the TB12 company in 2013, is the latest member of Brady’s camp to comment on Belichick. Brady’s father, Tom Sr., said on a podcast this week with NBC Sports Boston’s Tom E. Curran the Patriots coach wanted his son “out the door.”
Guerrero’s involvement with the Patriots franchise was notably curtailed in December 2017 when Belichick limited his office access near the Patriots’ locker room and took away his ability to fly on the team charter to road games and be credentialed for all games. Guerrero did not comment on that issue but spoke extensively about Belichick’s treatment of Brady.
“He (Brady) is older, so he should be treated differently,” Guerrero said. “And all the players, none of them would have cared that he was treated differently. I think that was such a Bill thing. He never evolved. So you can’t treat someone who’s in his 40s like they’re 20. It doesn’t work.”
Who is Alex Guerrero?
Guerrero, who reportedly has a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine from SAMRA University in Los Angeles, is an alternative medicine practitioner who has worked closely with Brady since the 2006 season, when the star quarterback had groin pain.
According to a story by The New York Times, Guerrero is Brady’s “spiritual guide, counselor, pal, nutrition advisor, trainer, massage therapist and family member.” He is the godfather of Brady’s son, Ben.
Guerrero’s career has also been controversial. The Federal Trade Commission barred him from calling himself a doctor, and he has made statements that Supreme Greens — a blend of vegetables, herbs, vitamin-rich grasses and MSM — could be an “effective treatment, cure and preventative for cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes, and as a means of achieving substantial weight loss of up to 80 pounds in eight months,” according to the Boston Magazine.
Still, Guerrero has served as an important figure for Brady and other athletes, such as former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. In 2012, he helped establish the TB12 program, which has now expanded to include vitamins, home gym kits and facilities in Massachusetts.
The Buccaneers have reportedly placed “no restrictions” on Guerrero’s access to the team, something he and Brady have appreciated.
“This place, we have so much fun here. We have a great time,” said Guerrero. “They’re great here. Ownership is great. The coaching is great, the management is great.”