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- Tom Brady had been working out with his trainer Alex Guerrero at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center during the Patriots’ OTAs.
- The TB12 Sports Therapy Center is located within Patriots Place, and a short walk away from Gillette Stadium, where the team is practicing.
- Brady’s decision to work out with Guerrero, who has limited access to team facilities and players, instead of the team appears to be a resounding message to the Patriots.
Tom Brady appears to be sending a resounding message to the New England Patriots during organized team activities (OTAs) – from across the street.
According to reports, Brady had been working out at his TB12 Sports Therapy Center with his trainer and health guru Alex Guerrero, all while skipping the team’s voluntary OTAs.
The controversial part is that TB12 Sports Therapy Center is located a walk away from Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots are practicing.
Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald first reported Brady’s workouts at TB12. On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Darlington confirmed on “Get Up” that Brady has been working out with Guerrero.
“Tom is doing his thing, and he’s doing it ironically, coincidentally, deliberately, in the shadows of Gillette Stadium, at the TB12 facility,” Darlington said.
Here’s a look at how close the two locations are, via Google Maps:
Darlington noted that last season Bill Belichick limited Guerrero’s access to the team and its facilities.
“It’s very close, but that’s where Alex Guerrero is, who’s not allowed to help Tom in the stadium itself, so that’s where Tom is getting his work done during this voluntary portion of the offseason,” Darlington said.
Reports indicated that Guerrero had become a controversial figure within the Patriots. Players reportedly were unsure of whether to see Guerrero, Brady’s go-to trainer or the team’s staff members. Belichick’s decision to limit Guerrero’s access was seen as an attempt to regain control of the team.
Players skipping OTAs is not hugely controversial by itself – Brady did from 2008 to 2010 but has attended ever since. Some players choose to stay with their families or travel, while others use it as a chance to try and negotiate a new contract (Rob Gronkowski is reportedly doing just this). Several other Patriots players are not there this season.
But Brady’s situation is different. Brady doesn’t appear to be angling for a new contract. He has spoken about the sacrifices his family makes for him to play football and to adhere to the football schedule. It would be one thing if he were away from the team to spend time with them.
Instead, Brady is still working out, and he’s a short walk away from the team. It’s hard not to read deeper into the decision to work out with Guerrero instead of the team deliberately.
Amid reports of internal turmoil and rifts, it doesn’t appear as though Brady and the Patriots patched things up over the offseason.