Listen: Robert Kraft could face disciplinary action from NFL after prostitution charge
"NFL the story Mike that we're keeping our eyes on the last day and going into our second day here in that is regarding what has happened with Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots as reported by SPN Robert Kraft is facing charges of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitute. After he was twice videotape paying for sex act at an illicit massage parlor in Florida on Friday, a craft who sivy seventy years of age was one of twenty five people involved in the alleged solicitation at the orchids of. Asia day spa in Jupiter Florida craft has denied any wrongdoing. The potential charges come amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in Florida from Palm Beach to Orlando hundreds of arrest warrants have been issued in recent days as a result of a six month investigation and more are expected. So my initial reaction to this story, Mike is I think about Robert Kraft at age seventy seven, and I think about other owners that have put themselves in this in this very precarious situation. Whether it's deals with drugs with it deals with stories like Robert Kraft in the thing that resonates with me. The most is no matter how much money and how much privilege that you have. You are not above the law. And we know that there are circumstances that were a sports figure or someone that has power and money can be able to overcome things we have seen this in sports entertainment for generations with the point is. Is that doesn't make it? Right. And what's happening here is not necessarily slings arrows at the patriots or Tom Brady or their championship legacy because it's not about football. It's not about what's on the field. It's about an owner that has been charged with doing something selfish something to satisfy himself on several occasions on videotape as well, by the way. And I just it just makes the NFL look bad and makes the the patriots organization look bad because he's the face of it someone who's fighting Roger Goodell back and forth about the bounty gate, and this, you know, or or, you know, all the issues that's going on with the patriots. Deflategate. Bottom line is. And is that at seventy seven you gotta realize your public figure what you're doing was wrong. I mean, you you summed it up perfectly right there Jay hood is that you know, the fact that Robert Kraft is the owner of the New England Patriots. He is, you know, the guy responsible for Bill Belichick and also Tom Brady and all the players coming in the signing. The check everything you gotta realize it just because you are an owner, and you have googled and Google's of money does not mean, you can get away with whatever you want. And the fact that there's you know, allegedly to videos, Mr. Kraft's at this at this spa. It doesn't look good for him. It doesn't look good for New England Patriots. And I can. Yeah. I'm anxious is anxious to see how Roger Goodell in the NFL are going to handle this once everything is done legally and the legal system. Besides. What direction they're going to go with things what Goodell is going to do as far as a punishment for Robert Kraft? Let's go to Ryan Smith. He does a great job on the legal side of things we see them when outside the lines all the time. Ryan Smith talking about Robert Kraft's legal defense. There has to be some sort of agreement for this to be something that he can be convicted on and not only that there has to be some sort of consent. He says this was a consensual sexual act, then he will not be convicted on then that becomes his defense. So maybe what's being set year is despite what they feel police that they have in evidence. Bob Kraft might be saying this is a consensual act. Of course, we don't know yet. But that would be one of the biggest defenses to this chart. Also, some thoughts from Adam Schefter talking about how from the NFL standpoint. How craps got the deal with the NFL consequences? No matter. What happens legally is in all probability going to have to take action. Because the league is talk about Tommy time. Again, anybody who brings unwanted attention to the NFL which with this would be qualified as would be subjected discipline? Now, you're talking about a man was billions of dollars morning not a factor in terms of what do we could do to discipline them in terms of the penalty time away from an inordinate? Jason ate lunch would be something that is going to have to look at. Also, Jeff Darlington had some thoughts as well. And this is an interesting thought here from Jeff talking about how crafters involved with solicitation, necessarily trafficking. Robert Kraft is not being charged with anything to do with human trafficking. At this point. It is solicitation of prostitution. It is a misdemeanor. So right now, we're talking about misdemeanors as it pertains Robert Kraft, again, an incredibly uncomfortable conversation, but one where we need to make clear delineations. Is from Jeff Darlington. Mike, not not uncomfortable for me. I don't know about you not uncomfortable. Found uncomfortable because because once again. No matter how much you make and how how much generational wealth. You have. You are a face of a franchise, and you don't have the wherewithal to understand that because you public face. Everyone knows who you are that you figured that you want to do something because you have the privilege to do. So you think you can just go into a place like this this orchids of Asia's day spa. And do what you like. And that doesn't work that way. No matter how much money you have money will only take you so far. And again, I mean, you know. This is a step by step process on how everything's going to be done. And I'm just curious on what Mr. Kraft's halfses has to say. I mean, I know they you know, they released a statement yesterday. You know, denying that they've done anything wrong and stuff. But at some point, you know, a statement only go so far. So I wanna hear, you know, just just as simple thoughts from Mr. Kraft's. I'm being in this situation. I mean, you know, I is he embarrassed by it. I mean is he mad? I mean, just why why why I if the video turns out to be true that he's under twice. Why why was he even there? I mean, there's just so many questions that remain answered that likely Mr. craft is the only one that can answer Dickerson and hood on ESPN radio and ESPN app. If you're looking for what's happening with Robert Kraft is not a comfortable for you. Not to talk about you know, some comfortable was uncomfortable with sex trafficking. That's uncomfortable. And that's what's unfortunate as the store. Says the SPN dot com. The potential charges come amid a widespread crackdown on sex trafficking in Florida from Palm Beach Orlando you, and I'm not saying that he was involved in that. But he's, but he's part of on this list of people that were part of of the this misdemeanor that he's been charged with solicitation of prostitution. So that actually is more of a broader conversation that was happening Robert Kraft because it's not like we haven't seen owners put themselves in a in a bad light for the organization because you being in Indianapolis representing ten seventy in Indianapolis, you have covered Jim Irsay the owner of the colts going through sobriety tests and drugs and driving. While intoxicated. That was quite a story for you to cover back and fourteen. It was definitely it was it was a huge story. I mean with the earth say, you know, you know, having to get some counseling done and everything I mean, you know, I it wasn't about the story. Didn't go from. It wasn't just Jim earth. The owner of the Indianapolis Colts jimmer say the person, you know, could he overcome, you know, the issues he was dealing with the person would he, you know, stick, you know, be able to not be able to avoid going down that path to get down the road, which, you know, all indications are he's been fine since then I mean, the NFL handed down the suspension, but I will tell you now once this happened in the March of two thousand and fourteen nothing was resolved for the NFL until September wants Jim Irsays legal case guide done, but up at debt does that would six five six months of it. That's all that was talked about. It was not about Andrew lucked the football player and the colts, you know, continuing to build on their success there eleven and five the from two thousand thirteen it was all about Jim mercy. And that I expect the same thing that happened in New England is not going to be about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick relationship is gonna retire would not it's going to be all about. Robert Kraft, and what happened? Earlier"