Tom Brady's lawyers allege NFL smear campaign

Suspended New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady alleged the NFL has engaged in a "smear campaign" in a court filing as they try to get Brady's four-game suspension overturned for his alleged role in Deflategate. In documents filed Friday in U.S. District Court, Jeffrey Kessler, the lead attorney for Brady and the NFL Players Association, referred to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's written ruling against Brady as a "propaganda piece" and claimed Brady was judged by a different standard from when he was first suspended to when his appeal was upheld. After stating in the Wells report that Brady was "generally aware" of the deflating of footballs, Kessler said, the league asserted Brady was the mastermind of the scheme. Kessler said this assertion couldn't be used as the basis for upholding Brady's suspension since it wasn't found in the original report. Kessler also said Goodell's ruling showed "a clearly biased agenda, not an effort at fairness and consistency." "It is more smear campaign than reasoned decision," Kessler wrote. Judge Richard Berman has instructed both sides to attempt to reach a settlement and to tone down rhetoric in the case. They return to court Wednesday. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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