Bill Belichick calls report that he eventually wanted to turn the Patriots over to Jimmy Garoppolo 'fake news'

A recent ESPN story reported Bill Belichick told friends he wanted to eventually turn the New England Patriots over to Jimmy Garoppolo. The New England Patriots coach did not appreciate the report.

The piece, written by Tom Junod and Seth Wickersham, wondered if Belichick would have traded or sat Tom Brady to make room for Garoppolo. The point obviously became moot when the Patriots traded Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers, which in turn made Brady their man for the foreseeable future.

The story also said there was a "collision coming" between Belichick and Brady's trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero, over Guerrero's alleged overreaching in handling Patriots players.

On Tuesday, Belichick was asked about the report during his weekly appearance on WEEI. He denounced it as "fake news."

"As usual, I think a lot of comments that were in the article you’re referring to aren’t attributed to anybody — if I am not mistaken," Belichick said. "I don’t think anybody said anything."

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 3: Coach Bill Belichick chats with quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo. The New England Patriots continued their Training Camp on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on August 3, 2016. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 22: (fourth quarter) New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (#10) talks with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines. The New England Patriots take on the Carolina Panthers in a pre-season exhibition game at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) and New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick go over a play on their final drive during the fourth quarter. The New England Patriots take on the Arizona Cardinals in the season opener at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sept. 11, 2016. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 14: New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) practices in front of head coach Bill Belichick during training camp at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., August 14, 2017. (Photo by Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 05: New England Patriots head Bill Belichick speaks to New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) prior to an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 05, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. The Patriots defeated the Buccaneers 19-14. (Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 12: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick talks with quarterback Tom Brady, right, and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, left, during practice at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., Oct. 12, 2017. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Sep 18, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) grimaces while being looked at by medical staff after being injured with head coach Bill Belichick watching during the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
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Belichick added, "If we would like to talk about somebody who has an informed opinion about something that is one thing, I mean otherwise we’re just talking about a lot of fake news here about just putting out a lot of things that are unattributable."

Asked about his relationship with Guerrero, Belichick repeated a line he also said in September — Guerrero works with Brady and is not employed by the Patriots.

"Alex works with Tom and Tom’s facility and that’s really about the end of it," Belichick said. "If a player goes up there for a second opinion, or treatment, or whatever, that’s fine. No different than one who went to his own chiropractor or massage therapist, or whatever it happens to be."

"He’s not on our staff," Belichick continued about Guerrero. "Our staff, our training staff, our nutrition staff, our equipment staff, you know, those are all contained within the Patriots. Alex and his staff at TB12 and Tom’s role in TB12, that’s kind of a separate business."

Though Brady recently acknowledged there's always a possibility that he ends up playing for another team, the Patriots signaled that they believe he can play well into his 40s by trading Garoppolo.

For now, Brady seems safe and his relationship with Belichick seems strong, given how Belichick reportedly reacted when the 49ers asked for Brady.

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FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 22: Tom Brady #12 and Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the New England Patriots run onto the field before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 17: The New England Patriots held a minicamp at the practice field at Gillette Stadium. Quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo kick their legs up during warmups. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
June 19, 2014: Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo (10) tosses a pass under the watchful eye of Tom Brady (12). The New England Patriots held their Mini Camp at the Patriots Practice Facility in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
RICHMOND VA, AUGUST 4: New England quarterback Tom Brady (12), left, fires off a pass as back up quarterback's Ryan Mallett (15), center, and Jimmy Garoppolo (10) wait their turn during day 12 of the Washington Redskins training camp practicing with the New England Patriots in Richmond VA, August 4, 2014. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 29: New England Patriots quarterbacks Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo head on to the field for pre-game warm-ups before they played the Kansas City Chiefs on September 29, 2014. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - OCTOBER 5: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, Matthew Slater and Jimmy Garoppolo warm up before the game between the New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 at Gillette Stadium. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots take the field prior to Super Bowl XLVIII at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 30: Quarterbacks Tom Brady #12 and Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the New England Patriots take the field for warm ups to the NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 30, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Patriots 26-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
February 4, 2015: The Patriots quarterback tandem, Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady. The New England Patriots paraded through the streets of Boston to celebrate their Super Bowl victory. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
27 DEC 2015: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) prior to the game between the New York Jets and the New England Patriots played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford,NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire) (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/Corbis via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 3: Quarerbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady hung out after practice to work together on some long passes. The New England Patriots continued their Training Camp on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. on August 3, 2016. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 29: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, and Jimmy Garoppolo managed smile as they were back at it during passing drills on the second day of New England Patriots training camp at the practice fields at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on July 29, 2016. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 9: Quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo #10 and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talk on the sidelines during the final minutes of the second half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Patriots defeated the Browns 33-13. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 and Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills on October 30, 2016 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. New England defeats Buffalo 41-25. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 13: Tom Brady #12 and Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the New England Patriots warm up before a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Gillette Stadium on November 13, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 5: Jimmy Garoppolo congratulates Tom Brady after the Patriots' win. The Atlanta Falcons play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017. (Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots during the Victory Parade through the streets of Boston on February 7, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts to celebrate winning Super Bowl LI. (Photo by Richard Cashin/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JULY 28: New England Patriots quarterbacks Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett run an agility course during the second day of training camp at the Gillette Stadium practice field in Foxborough, Mass., July 28, 2017. (Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 31: Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady #12 react before a preseason game with the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 25, 2017: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo #10 prior to a preseason game on August 25, 2017 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. New England won 30-28. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 22: Tom Brady #12 and Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the New England Patriots walk through the tunnel before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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