Kraft is Sorry and Now It's Time to Move On

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This year will mark the 25th anniversary that Robert Kraft became the owner of the New England Patriots.  Kraft purchased the team for a record $172 million dollars back in 1994.  Since the purchase, the team has gone on to win six Super Bowl Championships and has the best head coach-quarterback combo in the history of the NFL.

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The owner has seen his team go through a lot in the 25 years as owner, from championships to scandals, the one common theme was the owner’s image.  Now Kraft is embattled in his own scandal, and it’s time to move on.

On Saturday, the owner of the defending Super Bowl Champions, Robert Kraft, issued an apology for being involved in the prostitution scandal in Jupiter, Florida.

“I am truly sorry," Kraft wrote in the 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."

Kraft has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.


Shop for 2018 NFL Jerseys at NFLShop.com“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” stated Kraft.

“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.”

Kraft is in Arizona for the owners meetings and will face all his peers for the first time since the incident in Florida.

Now the question is what type of punishment will Kraft receive from the NFL?

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority under the NFL Personal Conduct policy to discipline the owner of the Patriots.  Kraft can be punished for “conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL,” which applies to owners and coaches just as it does to players, game officials and league employees.  As the owner of the Patriots, one would assume the penalty to Kraft would be severe.

Back in 2014, Colts owner Robert Irsay was suspended six games and fined $500K for a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.

Fans in New England have been very supportive of the owner and don’t look at this case as a big deal.  Despite what Goodell wants to do from a discipline perspective, one would wonder if Kraft is more worried about the explicit video of him and the two workers from the spa could surface?

The sheriff in the case has made it clear that the videos could surface.  “I do think ultimately they are probably going to get released” said Sheriff William Snyder.

At the end of the day, whether we agree on whether Kraft was right or wrong can be debated for years, if not forever.  Kraft has a responsibility to the NFL as the owner of arguably the most popular franchise in all of sports to keep something like this under the radar.  It’s time for everyone involved to move this case along from the bad takes and internet police who scoff at any other opinion that isn’t of their mindset.

It’s time for the case to go away and allow Kraft and his family to move on and focus on football.  If you are a Patriots fan you know that won’t happen.  The Patriots are a lightning rod for controversy, and I’m okay with that.  The New England Patriots needs to keep winning Super Bowls, and that is all that will matter.


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