Tom Brady defended his business partner and trainer, Alex Guerrero, during an interview on WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan” program Monday morning.
Guerrero was the subject of a Boston Magazine article last week that detailed the Federal Trade Commission’s investigation of Guerrero for making unsubstantiated claims about his health products and impersonating a doctor. The Patriots quarterback and Guerrero are business partners in TB12, which calls itself a “sports therapy center” and is based at Patriot Place near Gillette Stadium.
“I don’t know the details of each of those incidences, but I think it speaks to he as a person and a friend, there’s nobody better, or a person I enjoy as much as Alex,” Brady said on WEEI. “He’s been an incredible influence in my life, and I think we’re doing something really special with our business.”
According to Boston Magazine, Guerrero was given a lifetime ban by the FTC following its investigation into a product called Supreme Greens, which Guerrero promoted as a cure for cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. The magazine also reported that Guerrero was found to have made similar claims about another product almost 10 years later, this time one that professed to speed up recovery from brain injuries.
Brady said Monday that he knew only parts of Guerrero’s history.
“We’ve talked about several things as it relates to that, and he dealt with that,” Brady said. “It’s part of his life and it’s something that happened 13 years ago.”
Brady defended Guerrero’s training methods and the supplements he recommends. Guerrero has been featured in several articles as Brady’s “personal guru” and being responsible for the quarterback’s physical condition.
“I think there’s things he wished he would have done differently,” said Brady. “I think that’s part of growing up and understanding that there’s certain things that happen in your life that you do and you wish you didn’t do certain things.”
Brady explained that the approach he and Guerrero take to training and dealing with injuries is preventative rather than reactive, designed to prepare his body in advance for playing professional football.
“When you say this sounds like quackery, there’s a lot of things I see on a daily basis in western medicine that I think, wow, why would they ever do that?” Brady said. “I think there’s a lot of things that are the norm or very systematic that really don’t work.”
Brady, who is 38 and off to one of the best starts in his career, said the proof of Guerrero’s methods is evident in what he’s showing on the field.
“I hope my kids, I hope high school athletes, all kids get the same level of care that I get,” said Brady, “because you can play for a long period of time without having knee replacements, without having all the major head trauma that people are dealing with based on the systems that have been in place for a long time, that have never changed.”
Brady defended the use of nutritional supplements, alternative dietary principles, and a different approach to training.
“I disagree with a lot of things that people tell you to do,” he said. “You’ll probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s no problem.’ Why? Because they pay lots of money for advertisements that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living.
“No. I totally disagree with that, and when people do that, I think that’s quackery, the fact that they can sell that to kids. I mean, that’s poison for kids.”
Brady anticipates championing his methods beyond his playing days.
“This is what my calling will be after football, to educate people,” he said.Matt Pepin can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mattpep15.