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Patriots Mailbag: Does water elevate testosterone (and other Alex Guerrero questions)?



Friday, August 24, 2018

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Julian Edelman will be suspended four games at the start of this season.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Occasionally, in the course of generating thousands of headlines per hour, a Patriots beat reporter runs out of ideas. It is at these times when we must turn to the reader to help satiate the Internet’s ceaseless hunger for content.
 
All of these questions have been submitted via U.S. Mail and hand-delivered in a bag to my desk. From that bag, I have randomly drawn the following questions:
 
TB12 body “guru” Alex Guerrero has a weird obsession with water. Did he give Julian Edelman drugs? That makes sense, right? — Benjamin, Financial District
 
Excellent question, Benjamin. Alex Guerrero is a trainer who is primarily known for his work with Tom Brady and is a co-founder of the TB12 Sports Therapy Center at Patriots Place. Edelman, one of dozens of pro football players Guerrero has worked with since 1996, tested positive in the offseason for elevated testosterone and received a four-game suspension.
 
Now, we don’t yet know if any other Guerrero clients ever tested positive for PEDs while working with Guerrero. We have no evidence that Guerrero gave Edelman PEDs and Guerrero has denied giving Edelman PEDs. But Guerrero is a weirdo who likes water and hates tomatoes. So, thankfully, one member of the Patriots beat, Boston Globe NFL writer Ben Volin, sought to break open the Guerrero story the same way Woodward and Bernstein cracked Watergate: he showed up at a public press conference, asked a provocative question and then did no other reporting on the story. Give him the Pulitzer now.
 
Unfortunately, the award-winning story did not resolve the issue. Brady called Volin’s question “ridiculous” and immediately stormed off by waiting 45 seconds, calmly explaining he was done answering questions and then walking away.
 
But, for me, the real question that has not been resolved is whether Guerrero gave Edelman the PEDs unwittingly. And that’s why it’s interesting you bring up water. Guerrero makes his clients drink 800 gallons of water a day. The league’s drug test reportedly did not reveal what substance elevated Edelman’s testosterone causing him to violate league rules. See where I’m going with this? Perhaps the illicit substance was in the test tube all along, hiding in plain sight. Does water elevate testosterone? That’s the question we should be asking, and yes it totally probably does.
 
Did Alex Guerrero turn Aaron Hernandez into a murderer? — Greg, Sudbury
 
Fair question, Greg. Prior to the murder of Odin Lloyd in June of 2013, Hernandez took a trip to California. Hernandez explained that he had gone to the West Coast to work with a familiar massage therapist.
 
“There’s a massage guy, Alex Guerrero,” Hernandez told Jeff Howe, then of the Boston Herald. “He’s one of the best. … It’s away from everything else. Away from my family, my friends.”
 
According to Howe, Hernandez skipped some of his sessions with Guerrero. Nonetheless, two months after Guerrero separated Hernandez from his family, Lloyd was dead. Why has no one asked about this?
 
Did Alex Guerrero kill Tedy Bruschi in 2007? — Dan on the Switchboard
 
Unconfirmed.
 
Guerrero is known to have worked with Willie McGinest, a Patriots linebacker. Bruschi was a Patriots linebacker at the same time as McGinest. Could they have used the same massage therapist/body guru/probable cult leader? Sure, why not?
 
Now, if we accept that 1. Bruschi could have worked with Guerrero and 2. that Guerrero is known to have given his clients water, which 3. we have already acknowledged is a potential precursor to testosterone, then 4. other things start to come into focus.
 
Consider that in 2007, Bruschi was reported as dead. How did that report come to be? Well, one night a rumor materialized in a reporter’s email and the reporter started asking other reporters whether the rumor was true. Everyone played a game of telephone without the benefit of confirmation until whispers turned into a region-wide, fact-free conclusion that Bruschi was in fact dead. Fortuantely, Bruschi stood in front of the media the following day and provided his own proof of life. So, Bruschi’s death was debunked, proving that the rampant spread of baseless rumor through questions never leads to widespread misinformation.
 
So, to answer your question, Bruschi was not dead, therefore Guerrero could not have killed him. But, if Bruschi had died, then yes, the opposite must be true and Guerrero killed him.
 
Alex Guerrero was on the plane to Charlotte. Does this mean Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have ended their feud? — Evan, the Fens
 
Quite possibly, but also quite possibly not. The only thing we know for sure is that everything Guerrero does provides vital information that must be carefully scrutinized so that we can determine with pinpoint accuracy exactly how important Alex Guerrero is.
 
Dave Brown is a freelance correspondent who covers the Patriots for the Standard-Times. You can follow him on Twitter @ThatDaveBrown.