National Football League notebook: Patriots owner Kraft faces solicitation charges

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged in Florida Prostitution Ring Bust

NEW: Patriots Owner Kraft Charged With Solicitation of Prostitution

Kraft was not immediately arrested. There will be much more ongoing, not the least of which will be the videos the authorities say they have of Kraft, which makes his staunch denial issued Friday through a spokesperson even more curious. They said details about the charges against the owner of the Super Bowl champion team will not be released until next week.

Kraft was not implicated in either scandal.

In 2000, the Patriots hired Belichick as head coach.

Since Kraft bought the Patriots 25 years ago for $172 million, the team has become the most successful franchise in the National Football League, appearing in 10 Super Bowls and winning six titles, including Super Bowl LIII on February 3.

The couple said they believe the team's wholesome image will remain intact after the case is settled.

A man from North Attleboro who did not want to give his name also said the incident will further fuel the hatred of the Patriots outside New England.

Lee Igel, an associate professor at NYU's Tisch Institute for Global Sport, said Kraft transformed the Patriots into a business powerhouse.

Over 50 arrests have reportedly been made and almost 200 warrants have been issued so far in relation to the widespread investigation. Ten spas have been closed, and several people have been taken into custody on sex trafficking charges.

The charges came after a months-long investigation into the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, about 20 miles from Trump's Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

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The NFL did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Kraft could face discipline under the league's personal conduct policy, which applies to team owners and prohibits "conduct detrimental to the integrity" of the NFL. Early this month hundreds of thousands of people lined the city's streets to see the owner and his team celebrate their sixth Super Bowl win. As of now, he has not been linked in the actual human trafficking investigation.

After graduating from Harvard Business School in 1965, Kraft, a MA native, began his career with the Rand-Whitney Group, a paper and packaging company owned by his father-in-law.

Kraft is a major supporter of President Donald Trump, donating $1 million to his inauguration.

Kraft's wife of many decades, Myra Hiatt Kraft, died in 2011 of ovarian cancer.

The 77-year-old Kraft denied any wrongdoing.

"Well it's very sad".

"I would take their whole draft from them", he said. "I see how you can end up in a place like this", Rubino said.

"We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity". Kraft allegedly visited the spa on two occasions, according to law enforcement.

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