Some on the Patriots reportedly have started calling Tom Brady’s trainer ‘Yoko.’ Uh-oh.
Tom Brady’s trainer isn’t exactly popular with everyone on the Patriots. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) No one is saying that we’ve reached the point where Tom Brady and the Patriots are breaking up over Bill Belichick’s treatment of Alex Guerrero, Brady’s training guru. But we are at the point where some on the team are referring to Guerrero as “Yoko,” according to Boston Sports Journal’s Greg Bedard, and whenever the name of the woman who allegedly had a hand in breaking up the Beatles is invoked, you know there’s at least some measure of disharmony on the table. To recap, the Boston Globe reported this week that Guerrero has had many of his team privileges revoked by Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, a move that has “created some friction” among the team. Guerrero has partnered with Brady on his TB12 lifestyle and fitness program and treats the quarterback and some of his teammates at the TB12 Center, which is just outside Gillette Stadium. He also has kept an office near the locker room — treating Patriots players with alternative methods — joined the team on road games and had sideline access during games. Belichick ended most of that (Guerrero still is allowed to treat Brady in a private room at the Patriots’ facility). [‘Friction’ for Patriots as Bill Belichick reduces influence of Tom Brady trainer Alex Guerrero] Guerrero’s presence around the team — Bedard says he now treats about 20 Patriots players — has agitated the team’s medical and training staffs, and Bedard says his presence at the team’s facility outside of his private Brady room “is an intentional irritant to Belichick.” Things apparently took a turn early in the season after an unnamed Patriots starter refused to do squats as directed by the team’s strength staff after he had been told not to by Guerrero. That led to a meeting with Belichick. “Belichick professionally informed Guerrero that the team wanted to keep everyone on the same page for the betterment of the franchise,” Bedard reports. “Guerrero told a different account to many of his clients — one that painted Belichick in a poor light — which further damaged the relationship, perhaps to the point that it can’t be repaired.” And now some are referring to Brady’s buddy as “Yoko Guerrero.” Belichick, Brady and owner Robert Kraft tried to have a meeting to hash things out before the team’s Dec. 11 loss in Miami, Bedard says, but it never happened and now Boston columnists like Dan Shaughnessy are writing things like this: We know that Brady and Bill Belichick are not as close as they once were.