Over the weekend, New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, released his first public statement since being charged in connection with prostitution inside a Florida massage parlor. Kraft breaks his silence by officially apologizing to his family, friends, co-workers and all of Patriot nation.
“In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks,” Kraft said in his statement according to NBC Sports. “To correct some of the misinformation surrounding this matter, my attorney made his first public comments on Friday night. I would like to use this opportunity to say something that I have wanted to say for four weeks.”
“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,” Kraft continued.
Robert Kraft, 77, is among dozens of other men charged in connection with Orchids of Asia Day Spa pay for sex, soliciting case. The Patriots owner was charged by Jupiter, Florida prosecutors back in February, after video surveillance footage showed Kraft frequently visiting the massage parlor turned prostitution ring. Per Breitbart.com
Prosecuters report they have footage of Kraft being caught "in the act," along with the possiblity the video could reach public hands. Kraft's representatives requested a protective order, trying to prevent the video from going public, but prosecuters ultimately denied the request.
Kraft wasn't the intended target during the February massage parlor raid, but definitely became a high profile target once his “massage” information was obtained by authorities. According to official court records, the Orchids of Asia Day Spa case involves up to 300 men. Kraft officially faces two misdemeanor charges, he and the other first time offenders were offered plea deals.
The New England Patriots owner concluded his apology with:
“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years.”
“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to 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.” Said Kraft.
Robert Kraft and his legal team have refused to accept any sort of plea deal that includes an admission of guilt, specifically to prostitution charges. Mr. Kraft isn’t the only suspect to refuse the prosecutors plea deal, several lawyers believe “the offer was far tougher than deals offered for similar charges in other solicitation cases.” Via breitbart.com
The apology from Robert Kraft comes only one day before he, and the other 31 NFL owners, attend special yearly meetings. Reportedly, Kraft could face disciplinary action following the meeting with all 32 NFL owners.