President Trump said he was ‘surprised’ to see charges against Robert Kraft
Feb 23, 2019, 01:32
Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots and Overwatch League team Boston Uprising, is one of more than two dozen charged Friday with soliciting prostitutes in connection with a sweeping almost year-long investigation into human trafficking across South Florida, police said. Kraft's alleged involvement was discovered as part of a larger human trafficking investigation. Police say there is video evidence against Kraft, which could spell trouble for him in a criminal case. The police said that "nearly 200" people had been arrested, though only 25 have been charged so far.
Ten spas from the Orlando area through the Treasure Coast into Palm Beach County were shut down Tuesday as law enforcement began making arrests.
An arrest warrant for Robert Kraft has been issued in Florida. The Patriots did not immediately respond to NPR's request for comment.
"Ownership and club or league management have traditionally been held to a higher standard and will be subject to more significant discipline", the policy says. According toThe Boston Globe, he has been in a relationship described as "on-again, off-again" with Ricki Noel Lander.
Last month, President Donald Trump proclaimed January as a month to abolish human trafficking around the world. Two subsequent owners of the team attempted to move the franchise to different cities, but Kraft refused to let them, citing a lease with the stadium that ran through 2001.
Under league policy, players, owners, coaches and other employees can be punished for "conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in" the NFL.
He pointed to statements from a Kraft spokesman saying the Patriots owner did not engage in any illegal activity.
Kraft's wife, Myra, whom he married in 1963, died of ovarian cancer in 2011.
The agencies involved in the investigation include Homeland Security, the IRS, the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, and the Jupiter Police Department.
FILE PHOTO: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft speaks at a press conference in advance of Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., January 30, 2019.
Mr Kerr said it was a surprise to learn the billionaire had attended the parlour, which is located in a row of shops beside a nail salon, a surf shop, a video-game store and a Thai restaurant.
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