FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots joined the latest "Deflategate" appeal to support Tom Brady on Wednesday, taking sides with their star quarterback in court for the first time in his fight against the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell.
In an eight-page friend of the court brief filed with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals , the Patriots said they "stand to lose their All-Pro quarterback for 25 percent of the upcoming regular season based on a severely flawed process." They also tried to raise the stakes in an effort to persuade the entire circuit to overrule the 2-1 decision that reinstated Brady's four-game suspension last month.
"The impact of the majority opinion is not limited to professional football," the brief said. "It threatens to undermine vital principles governing arbitration of collective bargaining agreements throughout the national economy."