On Saturday, February 22nd, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting someone to commit prostitution at a massage parlor located in Jupiter, Florida. Twenty-four others were charged in connection with the same prostitution scandal after Florida implemented a severe crackdown on sex trafficking in the state. Although Kraft has since denied any wrongdoing, he, as well as his employees, don’t exactly have a clean record, especially when it comes to the Patriots. The coach of the Patriots, Bill Belichick, has been in trouble with the NFL before for filming coaches signals from the New York Jets as well as deflating footballs, in which his starting player Tom Brady was suspended for four games. Devin McCourty, the team captain, commented “When you see things come out like that, you really have to just let it play out. See what it is, what it isn’t, and go from there.”
Kraft has a slew of other enterprises, including being the CEO of the Kraft Group, owns the New England Revolution Major League Soccer team, the Boston Uprising E-Sports team, as well as owning Gillette Stadium. Kraft has only been charged with a misdemeanor for now which means he could have to endure a range of punishments ranging from being fined, probation or jail time based on the judge’s discretion. What does this mean for all of the teams he owns, particularly the New England Patriots? For now, nothing. The timing of his charges couldn’t have worked out better for Kraft. With the NFL season over and the Patriots coming off of their sixth super bowl win, there isn’t much to do with the team for now. However, the other NFL owners will decide Kraft’s punishment under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Since the policy has only been used once for Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay who was suspended for six games and had to pay $500,000 for driving while intoxicated, it is uncertain what the other owners will decide to do. Ultimately, Kraft needs to start cleaning up some of his deeds especially with the Patriots, because if he goes too far, there is speculation that he could have the Patriots stripped from him.
Claire Coburn is an Intern Writer for Pub Sports Radio