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Bill Belichick responds to questions about Alex Guerrero's role with Patriots players

Ryan Hannable
July 26, 2018 - 12:35 pm

FOXBORO -- When word came out Julian Edelman had been suspended the first four games of the 2018 season due to using a banned substance, the public instantly thought of Alex Guerrero, Tom Brady's personal trainer who Edelman has been known to work with.

Just hours later, Guerrero put out a statement clearing himself from the situation.

“I’ve known Julian since his rookie year and he is a phenomenal athlete who takes his training seriously—it’s disappointing to hear today’s news,” Guerrero said in a statement. “Elite athletes sometimes work with multiple coaches and health professionals as part of their off-season training.”

"Here at our facility, we take a natural, holistic, appropriate and, above all, legal approach to training and recovery for all of our clients. And anyone who would suggest otherwise is irresponsible and just plain wrong.”

Prior to the first official training camp session Thursday, Bill Belichick was asked directly if he has concerns of his players working with Guerrero?

"We instruct all of our players the same way, and we’ll continue to do that," Belichick said. "I mean, we never want to do anything that we’re not allowed to do. We always want to play and abide by the rules, and we want to, at the same time, do what’s best for the team. So, we’ll continue to instruct all of our players that way in every area."

Belichick maintained Guerrero is not part of the staff and wouldn't get into his role and if anything has changed.

"I’m not going to get into the specifics of what our staff does and so forth," he said.

Belichick reportedly banned Guerrero from the sidelines and from working with players inside the Gillette Stadium facility last year. This conflict has also reportedly upset Brady as he would like to see his trainer allowed in the facility like in the past.

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