The New England Patriots is standing by its quarterback Tom Brady after submitting an amicus brief to the United States Court of Appeals to request another hearing regarding the athlete's involvement in the Deflategate scandal.
But aside from the request, the team also fired back at the NFL for how it is handling the matter.
The Patriots is currently in danger of losing Brady in the first four games of the 2016 season due to the suspension given to him by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This penalty stems from the Deflategate scandal during the 2015AFC Championship Game. The NFL alleged that staff members of the team, including Brady, were aware that the balls used in the game have been deflated or tampered with but did not notify the league.
Months after the suspension was handed down to Brady, the Patriots responded through a brief to ask for a re-hearing regarding the case, according to Boston Herald.
"The Patriots stand to lose their All-Pro quarterback for 25 percent of the upcoming regular season based on a severely flawed process," Daniel Goldberg, the legal representative of the team wrote. "But the impact of the majority opinion is not limited to professional football. It threatens to undermine vital principles governing arbitration of collective bargaining agreements throughout the national economy."
Goldberg, speaking in behalf of the Patriots, then blasted the NFL for carrying out a flawed investigation process. He said even though the league was not able to find a direct correlation between the issue and Brady, the NFL still reportedly centered on the athlete.
"From the outset of this matter the league's conduct reflects less a search for the truth than pursuit of a pre-determined result and defense of a report which, despite no direct evidence of tampering or Mr. Brady's involvement, was relied on to impose penalties with no precedent or correlation to the alleged offense," Goldberg stated.
But aside from the team, Brady is also receiving support from physics and engineering professors, Reuters reported. Referring to the laws of physics, the professors noted that using deflated footballs during games is not that uncommon since these things naturally lose pressure especially during cold seasons.