Patriots Owner Charged with Two Misdemeanors

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been accused of soliciting prostitution. Do you think he should lose the team over this?

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Robert Kraft is regarded as one of the most successful businessmen in America along with being arguably the best sports owner in the country. But beyond that, the 77-year-old, who has a net worth of $6.6 billion, has become somewhat of an icon because of his decades of excellent work in philanthropy.

Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, has donated over $400 million to numerous charitable foundations around the world. He has been seen as a leading figure in the NFL a man with morals, ethics, and the ability to bring people together.

He was just awarded the Genesis Prize, which some view as the Jewish Nobel Prize” last month. It’s presented to leaders of Jewish heritage “who have attained international renown in their chosen professional fields” and “have made a significant contribution to improving the world.”

Included in his community efforts are the Kraft Center for Community Health and the Kraft Family Blood Lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He also formed the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation to support humanitarian agencies in the area.

The 77-year-old also leads a grant program that allocates gifts of $100,000 to area nonprofits, and he continues a perpetual endowment with Partners HealthCare to develop health care professionals, which makes the recent news of his arrest all the more all, the more shocking.

The billionaire was recently arrested for soliciting prostitution in an Asian Parlor in Jupiter, Florida called Orchids of Asia Day Spa in. Police say there is surveillance footage of Kraft arriving at the massage parlor, paying at the front door, and being the recipient of a sex act.

He was officially charged with two misdemeanor counts of solicitation of prostitution to which he pleaded not guilty. He is among hundreds of men across South Florida charged as part of a larger sting operation into possible human trafficking.

It wouldn’t be fair to jump to the conclusion that he knew about the sex trafficking because, with all he’s done, he deserves the benefit of the doubt. However, prostitution itself is illegal all around the country, save for a few counties in Nevada.

A decision is expected at the end of the month, but regardless of the result, a petition on Care2.com has already been started, asking for Boston-based shaving giant Gillette to end their partnership with the New England Patriots and pull their name from the franchise’s stadium located in Foxboro.

“We’re asking Gillette to stop sponsoring Gillette Stadium, the home stadium for the New England Patriots — owned by Robert Kraft, who was just arrested during a human trafficking sting operation,” the petition reads.

“The sting operation exposed that the workers, mostly from China, were lured to America with the promise of regular massage therapy work. However, when they got here, they were forced into performing sex work with few breaks, no days off, and in unhygienic conditions. Essentially, they were forced into sex slavery,” it continues.

Rebecca Gerber of Care2 said, “It’s nice to see a brand use their influence for good, but now it’s time to see if they will actually back up their words with action.

“Robert Kraft believed his power would protect him from being held accountable for exploiting vulnerable women forced into sex slavery. This is exactly the kind of behavior Gillette said it will stand against,” she said in a statement to the Boston Herald

She is referencing the shaving giant’s “Is This The Best A Man Can Get?” ad campaign that lectures on male morality by addressing “so-called toxic masculinity,” urging men to act against sexual harassment, misogyny, and bullying.

If found guilty, Kraft could face a year in jail, a $5,000 fine, and community service. However, the state attorney said first-time offenders don’t usually serve jail time. It will be interesting to see if the franchise is punished from the NFL.


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Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been accused of soliciting prostitution. Do you think he should lose the team over this?

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18% Absolutely
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24% Absolutely
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