Hot reads: Why did Patriots ban Tom Brady's own trainer?

Hot reads: Why did Patriots ban Tom Brady's own trainer?

Though Brady, Belichick and the Patriots have yet to directly address Guerrero's absence, it's believed that his revoked access was sparked by increasing friction between Guerrero and the Patriots' official medical and training personnel.

McGinest then recommended him to teammates, and he's worked with guys like Lawyer Milloy, Ty Law, Troy Brown, Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Julian Edelman, and Danny Amendola over the years. His relationship with Brady became especially close in 2008 after the quarterback's season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of Week 1.

The Boston Globe had the story of the rift on Tuesday.

It's been more than just training and treatment. Guerrero told the New York Times Magazine in 2015 that conventional National Football League team trainers clashed with his methods "most of the time", adding that "everyone thinks I'm a kook and a charlatan". With a degree in traditional Chinese medicine from the now-defunct Samra University of Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles, Guerrero espouses alternative medical treatments.

Belichick also permitted Guerrero, Brady's close friend and business partner, to secure his own office near the Patriots locker room, fly on the team charter to road games, and receive credentials to work the sidelines of every game, home and away. He was banned from boarding Patriots jets, his sideline access was revoked, and the only person he is allowed to treat now in his Gillette Stadium office is Brady.

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The reason it took years for it to get to this point? The source said Belichick told those who complained about Guerrero: Tom wants him. "What am I supposed to do?"

More recently he's teamed up with Guerrero to write his nonsensical book and develop a Tom Brady wellness app that will transform you into a physical specimen for a mere $200/year. The state of MA also looked into whether he was doing physical therapy without a license, but Guerrero was cleared. He would later be cleared of wrongdoing in 2014. Boston Magazine called him a "glorified snake-oil salesman" when the publication revealed had been sued for fraud and had run-ins with the Federal Trade Commission for marketing a drink that, as the magazine wrote, "promised to protect users 'from the consequences of sports-related traumatic brain injury'".

"Everyone thinks I'm a kook and charlatan", he said.

Belichick famously dislikes distractions. We are going to find out sooner than later.