UPDATED: Updated 1:51 PM ET, Tue March 26, 2019
Robert Kraft, 77, is currently being charged with two counts of misdemeanor solicitation in Palm Beach County, Florida. Kraft was among more than 100 other people that were allegedly linked to several central Florida massage and day spa parlors, suspected to be fronts for prostitution after a month-long investigation had taken place. Robert pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him and denied any wrongdoing.
The billionaire has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday, but it’s still unclear on whether he will still be attending the proceeding in person.
“I am truly sorry,” Kraft said in a Saturday statement. “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.”
Police officials allege that Kraft was recorded on one of the day spas surveillance cameras in Jupiter FL, paying for and receiving sexual acts from women. Kraft and the 14 other men involved have filed a motion seeking to avoid any of the videos and additional evidence from being leaked to the public.
NFL owners now want to postpone any decision regarding whether to punish Robert Kraft, the New England Patriots owner until all of his legal issues are resolved, two sources at the owners’ annual meeting said Tuesday.
The NFL owners think they should wait to decide a verdict until Kraft’s charges of soliciting prostitution in Florida fully make their way through the court system, a team owner and an adviser to a team owner said.
“We don’t want to touch this until after it’s finished within court,” the owner said. “Robert is a friend. We would much rather be focusing on football here than his personal issues.”