Patriots Players Are In Love With A Snake Oil Salesman
It looks like another member of the New England Patriots will be working out with snake oil salesman Alex Guerrero.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Dont’a Hightower has been working out with Tom Brady‘s trainer. Hightower, of course, is rehabbing from a knee injury that has him on the PUP list. The linebacker is looking to reportedly strengthen that knee.
At the moment there is no update on when Hightower will come off the PUP list. Hightower isn’t the only member of the Patriots who is working out with Brady’s longtime trainer.
Earlier in training camp, it was announced that Rob Gronkowski was working out with Guererro. The tight end, of course, has a laundry list of prior injuries and has truly struggled to stay on the football field. His teammate, Julian Edelman, started working out with Guerrero prior to last season.
Edelman played in all 16 games, matching a career high he set in 2013. Hearing that more and more Patriots players are working out with Guerrero sounds like a good thing. With the solid health of Brady, there seems to be a lot of reasons to work out with the trainer.
But it feels dirty, almost as if there is a bad taste that lingers after saying his name. With Guerrero, he is more than just a trainer for Brady, he is a business partner.
Sketchy Business Past For Brady’s Partner Off The Field
His business past is as sketchy as they come. In a Boston Magazine story, that past was revealed. Guerrero allowed himself to be passed off as a doctor in a testimonial video for Supreme Greens. Claims were made about what it could do for terminally ill patients were made. Guerrero received a portion of the $16 million in earnings Supreme Greens. He was penalized by the FTC and had to turn his car, a 2004 Cadillac Escalade according to court documents.
In 2011, he did it again, this time partnering with Tom Brady with Neurosafe, an anti-concussion powder. Guerrero discontinued selling Neurosafe and provided refunds for all who purchased the limited amount that was sold after the FTC intervened.
It is important to note that what Guerrero does in a business sense and what he might do as a trainer could be different. He and Brady founded the TB12 center located at Patriots Place. This is a facility where athletes in the area go for physical therapy and training.
Those who have visited the facility like Tom E Curran of CSNNE, doesn’t think the trainer is crazy, in fact, he believes that Guerrero is genuinely passionate about “unconventional training methods” that could have great benefits for athletes and nonathletes alike.
I think they believe passionately in some unconventional training methods that — speaking from my experience –- have great benefit. They want them to be accessible to normal people, not simply professional athletes.
When looking at Brady, the 40-year-old QB will always get looked at with extra attention. It is unclear if everything going on over there at TB12 is above board. Any criticism that comes is justified, however. With a history like Gurrero’s, it is fair to question the results.