NFL issues new statement on Robert Kraft prostitution scandal
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is expected to face formal charges stemming from his role in a prostitution sting as early as Monday, and the NFL continues to monitor the situation.
Kraft will likely turn himself in after having a warrant issued for two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution in Jupiter, Fla. While the NFL has not yet determined what — if any — disciplinary action will be taken against the 77-year-old, the league issued a statement on Monday reiterating that the personal conduct policy applies to team owners the same it would players or coaches.
A new NFL statement on #Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s allegations of soliciting prostitution says the league is seeking “a full understanding of the facts” while not interfering with an ongoing investigation. Here it is in full: pic.twitter.com/8x1XMgen6T
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 25, 2019
As with cases involving players, the NFL does not have to wait until the legal process plays out to determine Kraft’s fate. Kraft has vehemently denied engaging in any illegal activity, but he could still face a suspension and/or fine even if the charges are eventually dropped.
Kraft is one of several individuals who are accused of engaging in illegal sex acts at a massage parlor in Jupiter. The spa was under investigation for human trafficking, and many are calling for the NFL to drop the hammer on the Patriots.