Patriots Owner, Kraft, Denies Plea Deal

Compiled by Caitlin Race


Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots for twenty five years, is being charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution in Palm Beach County. Police say they have a videotape of Kraft paying for the acts at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. According to police, a half-hour at the spa cost $59, but an hour-long visit cost $79 and that Kraft was driven by a chauffeur to the spa. It is unknown what Kraft paid at the spa. He visited twice within twenty four hours, on January 19th and January 20th, according to documents released by the attorney’s office.


Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said in a news conference that they’re “as equally stunned as anyone else.” Kraft isn’t the only one facing charges. He is one of twenty five people involved. The investigation has been ongoing for months, but has only been made public as of recently. The spa has been shut down and two women have been arrested. No other information has been released about the spa yet.


Kraft previously pleaded not guilty to all charges, but later changed his trial request and waived his right to appear at his arraignment that was set for today. Since he’s not attending today, he’s expected in court again on April 9th. He had been offered a plea deal, but refused as he didn’t want to admit guilt. Kraft has requested a jury trial and until that trial, he will maintain legal innocence.


The plea deal involved one hundred hours of community service, $5,000 payment per count, and a class on the dangers of prostitution. Kraft wasn’t interested.


Last Friday, Robert Kraft issued an apology saying “I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being.” 


In his public apology, Kraft also said “As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try and make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.”


The NFL has not stated what will happen to Kraft, but are instead waiting until all of the facts have been released in order to be fair and smart. It is possible he will face discipline from the personal conduct policy. The league is continuing to gather informations while the Patriots keep a low profile. Kraft had attended the NFL owners meeting in Arizona this week, but didn’t talk to reporters.


Even if Kraft is found to be innocent in the trial, he may still face repercussions from the NFL policy in the form of fines or suspension.


Out of the twenty five people connected, Kraft’s name is the most broadcasted and covered by media. The case is ongoing.


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