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Patriots lawyer: 'Deflator' texts about weight loss, not balls

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots warms

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots warms up before the 2014 AFC Divisional Playoffs game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on Jan. 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Mass. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jim Rogash

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A Patriots lawyer says the "deflator" nickname used by a ballboy and cited in the NFL's decision to suspend quarterback Tom Brady was about weight loss, not footballs.

Team attorney Daniel Goldberg said Thursday the two Patriots employees used the term jokingly to refer to locker room attendant Jim McNally, who was trying to lose weight.

In a 20,000-word rebuttal to the league's findings, Goldberg disputes the investigator hired by the NFL on matters of science, logic and law.

Goldberg represented the team and was present during all of interviews of team personnel. Patriots spokesman Stacey James confirmed that the site wellsreportcontext.com was genuine and "approved/supported by the team."

The rebuttal was published ahead of a deadline for Brady to appeal a four-game suspension. The team was also fined $1 million and had two draft picks taken away.

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