On Friday, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged on two counts of soliciting prostitution in connection to a recent law enforcement bust on massage parlors in Florida. According to law enforcement, the parlors had been used for prostitution and human trafficking.
In a press conference on Friday morning, Jupiter Police chief Daniel Kerr stated that Kraft was charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution. He advised that a warrant for Kraft’s arrest is with the state’s attorney’s office. Kerr went on to say that there is video evidence of Kraft involved in sex acts in a massage parlor on two occasions. Twenty-five people, in total, were charged with soliciting prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter. According to TCPalm.com, the investigation resulted in the cessation of operations of ten spas that ran from Palm Beach County to Orange County.
The news comes merely a few weeks after the Patriots’ victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3, 2019. This past weekend, Kraft had appeared at the NBA All-Star game.
Robert Kraft is often heralded as one of the most beloved and well-respected owners in the National Football League. Since purchasing the team in January 1994, the New England Patriots have won six Super Bowl championships and ten AFC championships. Kraft is also the owner of Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution, which has been to the MLC Cup Finals in 5 different seasons.
A spokesperson for Kraft said that they “categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.” There has yet to be any official statement from the NFL.
-Mike D’Abate is a Managing Editor and National Columnist for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He covers the New England Patriots and the NFL. Follow him on Twitter @mdabateFPC