Robert Kraft will get his day in court while facing two misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution. But from the moment Jupiter, Florida, police identified the New England Patriots owner as part of a sting operation investigating possible human trafficking, it was apparent that Kraft’s mere presence in the matter is already responsible for staining the NFL’s so-called “shield.”
Nearly three weeks ago, Kraft basked in the glory of yet another Super Bowl crown for the Patriots. Last weekend, he rolled with the ballers and rappers during NBA All-Star Weekend.
Now he’s the biggest name to be released so far by police, who declared Friday that they have video evidence that proves the Patriots owner, 77, twice paid for sexual acts.
No, it’s not good for the brand when the owner of the NFL’s most successful organization of this era attracts such scandalous attention, lining up in the news cycle on Friday – and likely for weeks beyond – with the likes of Jussie Smollett, R. Kelly and his Oval Office pal, President Donald Trump.
Say it ain’t so, Bob.
Sure, Kraft is presumed innocent until proven guilty. We’ll see if the charges – which in addition to fines carry a maximum of 60 days in jail for a first offense, one year for a second offense – hold up in court.