Well, it's been an up and down month for Patriots owner and notorious mac-n-cheese lover, Robert Kraft. For those of you who avoid the Super Bowl like it's an unvaccinated child, earlier this month the Patriots took home their 6th ring, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl wins in NFL history.
So that's the good news for Kraft. But the life of a successful white male billionaire can't just all be positives, right? Okay, maybe that sarcasm had a little too much bite to it. So sarcasm aside, Kraft was hit with some pretty bad news this morning.
CBS Miami reports that Robert Kraft has been arrested in Florida as part of a "sex sting operation" along with a number of other individuals. We're not exactly sure what that means for his job and the future of the Patriots organization, but we'll update this story with a response from the Patriots organization if one becomes available.
So how did it all go down?
via: GettyWell, this morning, police in Palm Beach County Florida arrested 25 persons who had visited an alleged sex spa connected to human trafficking.
It doesn't seem like Kraft was involved in trafficking.
via: GettyLet's get that out of the way off the top. Police have charged him with two counts of soliciting "sex acts" from Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, FL.
Here's a photo of the outside.
via: GettyThe massage parlor offers massage therapy, table shower, body treatments, facial treatments, waxing and something called "special spa packages".
Police have also posted this notice on the front of the spa.
via: GettyIt reads: "Danger. This unit is unsafe and its use or occupancy is prohibited". Which seems a little blown out of proportion, but you do you Jupiter PD.
Police say they have video evidence.
via: GettyReportedly, Jupiter police have a video of Kraft entering the spa on at least two occasions. And according to CBS, "the spa was among 10 shut down in Orlando, Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast after a several-month investigation revealed women there were in 'sexual servitude,' according to arrest records."
Despite the video evidence, Kraft's lawyers put out a statement denying his guilt.
via: Getty"We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further." Just once I'd love for a lawyer to say, "yeah he did it, and I'm annoyed that I have to represent him."
Police report that Kraft was driven to the spas by a chauffeur.
via: GettyThe average cost per visit for services is $59 or $79 per hour, depending on... what you order.
Watch the full police news conference here.Or, you know don't, because we've already told you all the interesting bits and that video is super long and boring.
The NFL has issued a brief statement on the matter.
via: GettyFrom their website: “The NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments."
The charges are only a misdemeanor.
via: GettyMeaning that Kraft will still have to appear in court, but his sentence might be pretty light.
So what exactly could Kraft be facing, in terms of a sentence?
via: GettyThe charge is punishable with up to 60 days in jail, six months of probation and $500 in fines, according to Florida law.
And what does this mean for the Patriots?
via: GettyWill Kraft have to sell the franchise? Most likely not.
What it does mean is that Kraft will face fines from the NFL.
via: GettyAccording to ESPN, "Everyone in the NFL, including owners, are subject to the league's personal conduct policy. The policy covers 'conduct by anyone in the league that is illegal, violent, dangerous, or irresponsible, puts innocent victims at risk, damages the reputation of others in the game, and undercuts public respect and support for the NFL.'"
Owners are held to specifically higher standards...
via: Getty...and are "subject to more significant discipline when violations ... occur." So how will Kraft be punished by the NFL?
Well, it's hard to say.
via: GettyNFL fines are notoriously inconsistent, but recently Colts owner Jim Irsay was fined half a million dollars for driving while under the influence, so expect a fine around the ballpark, or even more. (Or less, because the Patriots get away with everything.)
Because this isn't the first time the Patriots franchise has come under fire.
via: GettyMost recently the Patriots were fined and had their Quarterback suspended for four games for deflating footballs to get an edge in games. Apparently Brady liked to throw the ball with a slightly under-inflated (by regulation standards) football.
The Patriots were also fined and charged in 2007.
via: GettyCoach and Trump supporter (not a judgment, just a fact) was secretly taping other team's coaching signals from areas of the field that was against NFL rules. So suffice to say, the Pats organization is no stranger to doing illegal things, and will probably cope with this new situation by winning another Super Bowl or two. Sadly.
But wait, there's more.
Adam Schefter just said on SportsCenter that a source told him Kraft is "not the biggest name" caught up in this sting. ...............— Ryan Glasspiegel (@Ryan Glasspiegel)1550858363.0
Since there hasn't been a name, of course, the speculation has run wild.
via: GettySome people suspect it might have something to do with Tiger Woods, as he has a house in Jupiter and a history with well, scandal.
Michael Jordan is another name being thrown out there.
via: GettyAgain, due to him owning a house in the area. And, well, being a big name. Other names being thrown out include Stan Kroenke, LA Rams owner, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Why? Probably just because people would get excited if that were the case. We really have no basis to guess who this other person could be. But it's fun to speculate, right?
The last name being thrown around is Tom Brady.Why? Because he's kind of a creep. And obviously he's the owner's star quarterback, so there's a connection. Also, because everyone kind of wants it to be true. But again, no facts, all speculation. If we do find out who this mystery person is, we'll be sure to give you an update.
As always Twitter is having a field day.
@CBSMiami @Patriots It was in front of us the entire time https://t.co/kdJX4Qpu4z— Good Fundies Brian (@Good Fundies Brian)1550854401.0
Some fans can't believe it.
@CBSMiami @Patriots https://t.co/2MxMDTvF8O— Kevin (@Kevin)1550854356.0
Other fans are... kinda into it.
@CBSMiami @ndyWillis @Patriots https://t.co/vHsrM6xggI— Adrien (@Adrien)1550854557.0
Still more are confused that Kraft didn't just go to Disney World like all the other Super Bowl MVPs.
@CBSMiami @Patriots Listen, some folks go to Disney World, others choose sex parties?... https://t.co/OEQp52tUp5— Bourbon & Frost (@Bourbon & Frost)1550855562.0
Some fans just aren't buying it.
@Off_Blck @CBSMiami @Patriots Fake news. They seen him speaking out and he became a threat— ssn superstar (@ssn superstar)1550858812.0
Some people are just happy to lump in all the other Patriots controversies.
@CBSMiami @Patriots Spy gate, deflate gate and now ? gate........— RB Nichols (@RB Nichols)1550854986.0
And then... any excuse to show this GIF.
@SportsCenter @AdamSchefter https://t.co/u2YxMbm4Ui— tom hineman (@tom hineman)1550856836.0
Some people are outright disgusted.
@CBSMiami @Patriots If this is true, I'm truly disgusted. https://t.co/PJiHzmBR9X— More Z's Than Sleep (@More Z's Than Sleep)1550854968.0
Let us know what you think.
via: GettyShould Kraft lose his job, or is this pretty low-key compared to what some other NFL players do? Should owners be held to a higher standard? We want to know!