Even New England Patriots fans have to admit that the team, for whatever amount of skill and talent have helped it win so many games, also has had an almost preternatural ability to dodge bullets.
It’s no wonder so many fans have come to loathe the team.
Given all of that, it wasn’t exactly a surprise to see every Patriots hater gleefully take to social media to skewer the reigning Super Bowl champions when news broke of team owner Robert Kraft being charged with soliciting prostitution.
To be clear, the Patriots’ cheating scandals are one thing. Assuming the absolute worst about Spygate and Deflategate, they were dastardly deeds on the football field but ultimately meaningless in the real world.
Kraft’s chargers are far graver, given that the prostitution ring he allegedly utilized had ties to human trafficking.
Despite some disgusting details that have emerged about Kraft’s trysts at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, the Patriots owner has long since maintained he didn’t do anything illegal.
Statement from a spokesperson for Patriots owner Robert Kraft: “We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
— Jill Martin (@ByJillMartin) February 22, 2019
Kraft’s denial came in the face of some assured investigators who were confident in their findings.
As WFOR-TV in South Florida notes, Kraft was facing a court date of March 28, though he would not have to appear.
But now? Much like his own team has seemingly done throughout its ongoing dynasty, Kraft has a chance to avoid serious punishment.
All the 77-year-old owner has to do, according to The Wall Street Journal, is to admit that he would’ve been found guilty had this case gone to trial.
“Florida prosecutors have offered to drop charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and a number of other men charged with soliciting prostitution,” The Journal’s Andrew Beaton wrote. He then added that “there is a catch.”
“The proposed agreement calls for the men (charged in the prostitution scandal) to admit they would have been proven guilty at trial,” Beaton said.
If Kraft truly believes he is innocent of criminal wrongdoing, he could fight this. However, not only would that entail costly legal fees, but there’s also a chance he could be found guilty at trial.
On the other hand, while the prosecutors’ deal could get Kraft off the hook legally, the Patriots owner would get eviscerated in the court of public opinion.
Still, that’s a pretty sweet deal for Kraft. The court of public opinion can be searing in its criticisms, but it has no legal authority.
Assuming Kraft takes the deal, the Patriots owner may have taken a cue from his football team and just dodged the law by the skin of his teeth.
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