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NE Patriots Owner Charged with Two Counts of Soliciting Prostitution

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    The New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution in Jupiter, FL. Police Chief Daniel J. Kerr told reporters during a press conference this morning that the charges are connected with a "month-log investigation into a human-trafficking ring".

    When asked if the authorities had absolute proof of Kraft's involvement, Kerr responded they they indeed have videos of Kraft "receiving acts" on two seperate dates at the Spa in question.

    I hate to write that above like a news piece, but given the circumstances, I'm trying to keep it neutral. I don't want the info to seem biased in any way because I loathe the Patriots.

    This is bad.. Not only is it obviously bad for Kraft, but also bad for the Patriots as a whole organization. This is going to tarnish their name way worse than the deflate scandal. For something like this to pop up right around the same time as so many other huge sexual assault cases, I just don't think people will be able to forget this. And I know the two scandals are very different, but I'm just speaking from an aspect of retaining fans.

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    Reminds me of all the times the announcers talk about how great the Kraft family is during basically every single Patriots game for the last decade. Wonder what the league will do about this? Guess it depends on the fallout and what comes of the criminal charges. Agree though, this is terrible for their franchise.
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    "Punishable up to a year in jail, a year of probation and $1000 in fines. Also have to complete 100 hours of community service and attend a prostitution and human trafficking awareness course".

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    I heard yesterday from local radio that Kraft isn't even the highest profile individual to be busted in this. That they are waiting to release that information to public, for some reason.. Any idea yet who that might be?
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    Dallasite Wrote: I heard yesterday from local radio that Kraft isn't even the highest profile individual to be busted in this. That they are waiting to release that information to public, for some reason.. Any idea yet who that might be?

    I actually heard something about a billionaire on NPR this morning too. Though I think they might have also mentioned he is the type that know one really knows anything about.

    On a related note, I'm also bothered that I keep seeing people/headlines say Kraft was involved in human trafficking. Though it's all connected in the grand scheme, I think it's important to seperate the two. I don't think there's any proof at all of Kraft actually being involved in human trafficking, just soliciting prostitution.

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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    On a related note, I'm also bothered that I keep seeing people/headlines say Kraft was involved in human trafficking. Though it's all connected in the grand scheme, I think it's important to seperate the two. I don't think there's any proof at all of Kraft actually being involved in human trafficking, just soliciting prostitution.

    Agreed. Though since he is so connected and wealthy, maybe the thought is he should have known about the trafficking going on there? That's maybe a stretch, but the only reason I could see people conflating the two. It was being investigated for a long time, though I don't know how public that info was until just a few days ago.

    Think he had any ability to rightly know what was going on there, beyond just .. what he was there for?

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    I honestly don't think he knew the extent of it. The way I see it, when/if the owners or managers saw someone high-profile like Kraft come in, they probably just did whatever to make him happy. I can't see them having an actual conversation with him about anything, let alone and extremely damning illegal activity he was taking part in.

    Now if he knew it was human trafficking based on conversations or what he saw... That's different.

    I heard someone make the comparison of buying a personal amount of drugs. When someone buys drugs they don't think about what those drugs have been through along the way. They just buy them and continue on. Can/Should someone be held accountable for something something that happened with those drugs before their purchase of them? Is someone part of a huge drug organization if they just made a small purchase?