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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady abruptly ended his press conference Saturday morning when a question came up about a possible connection between the suspension of receiver Julian Edelman and the training methods of Alex Guerrero, BradyÃ¢ÂÂs body coach.
Ã¢ÂÂTom, when Julian tested positive, a lot of people connected it to Alex Guerrero,Ã¢ÂÂ a reporter said. Ã¢ÂÂWhatÃ¢ÂÂs your reaction to that? Do you think itÃ¢ÂÂs fair?Ã¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂI have no comment,Ã¢ÂÂ Brady said after fielding the question. Ã¢ÂÂIt is just ridiculous. IÃ¢ÂÂm out. See you guys.Ã¢ÂÂ
He then walked off, shaking his head.
The NFL announced early in July it was suspending Edelman four games for violating the leagueÃ¢ÂÂs policy on performance-enhancing substances. Edelman, who has trained with Guerrero for several seasons, had his appeal of the suspension denied.
Once news about the suspension circulated, speculation brewed about whether Guerrero had a role in triggering the failed test result.
Ã¢ÂÂWhatÃ¢ÂÂs in the past is in the past,Ã¢ÂÂ Edelman told reporters later on Saturday when asked about his relationship with Guerrero. Ã¢ÂÂI love Alex. And ultimately, IÃ¢ÂÂm worried about just going out here and playing football. IÃ¢ÂÂm not here to talk about or make a headline on something. IÃ¢ÂÂm here just playing football.Ã¢ÂÂ
Brady and Guerrero have a close relationship. Entering his 19th season in the NFL, Brady has on many occasions credited his longevity, health, and conditioning Ã¢ÂÂ despite his turning 41 years old next week Ã¢ÂÂ to the regimen Guerrero has installed.
Brady and Guerrero are partners in a training facility, TB12 Sports Therapy Center, near Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play their games.
Edelman is coming off of a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in last yearÃ¢ÂÂs preseason, an injury thatÃÂ forced him to miss the entire season.
Ã¢ÂÂObviously, youÃ¢ÂÂre disappointed with (the suspension),Ã¢ÂÂ Edelman said. Ã¢ÂÂBut IÃ¢ÂÂve got to follow the protocols a little better and make sure this never happens again.Ã¢ÂÂ
Guerrero defended himself and his relationship with Edelman in a statement in June, shortly after news leaked about a future suspension.
Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂve known Julian since his rookie year and he is a phenomenal athlete who takes his training seriously Ã¢ÂÂ itÃ¢ÂÂs disappointing to hear todayÃ¢ÂÂs news,Ã¢ÂÂÃ¢ÂÂ Guerrero said in the statement. Ã¢ÂÂElite athletes sometimes work with multiple coaches and health professionals as part of their training.
Ã¢ÂÂHere 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.Ã¢ÂÂ