Darin Gantt reports New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been named in a Florida prostitution sting.
Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said Kraft was among the individuals caught at a “spa”, and was charged with soliciting another to commit prostitution.
The 77-year-old Kraft owns a property in the Palm Beach area.
Via WPTV, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said earlier this week about 100 men would be arrested.
“The tentacles of this go from here to New York to China, in Florida from here to Orange County,” Snyder said. “I think it’s very safe to say without any hyperbole that this is the tip of the iceberg.”
Kraft is accused of visiting a massage parlor to solicit sex acts and the police department said they have video evidence to back up the charge. A spokesperson for Kraft responded to those charges in a statement later on Friday that denied Kraft did anything illegal.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
Kraft and all other NFL owners are subject to league discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy. With much more to play out in this story, it remains to be seen if that will be on the table or not.
“The NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments,” the league said in a statement.
Kraft is accused of solicitation of prostitution. He has strongly denied the charges.
The charges are misdemeanor in nature, entailing maximum jail time of 60 days. Kraft could face league discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy.