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Kraft Getting A Free Pass

Humera Gul, Staff Writer

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Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, was arrested last week on two counts of soliciting sex in a Jupiter, Florida day spa. Authorities claim this was an ongoing eight-month investigation that goes from China to Florida and New York. The spa was being watched by police and other authorities and cameras were placed in massage rooms.

Police claim to have video evidence of Kraft in the act, who has not made any statements so far, but the Patriots made a statement following the allegations.

“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further,” a spokesman for the team said.

Video footage shows him receiving “paid acts” in a room at the spa, and the surveillance clearly shows him being driven to the spa, police Chief Daniel Kerr said last Friday. Kraft, 77, is a successful billionaire businessman, who also happens to be friends with President Donald Trump.

The National Football League has been strict in player or people associated with the NFL and their choices off the field.

“The NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments,” the league said later on Friday.

The NFL has a strict personal conduct policy that includes the behavior of team owners. According to the policy: “Everyone who is part of the league must refrain from ‘conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in’ the NFL.  This includes owners, coaches, players, other team employees, game officials and employees of the league office, NFL Films, NFL Network, or any other NFL business.” It also states that owners are held to a “higher standard.”

NFL Network has not been talking about Kraft and has been attempting to distract the audience with anything else. They are doing their best to avoid the subject and let the investigation go through. If this had been a player, especially a star player like Odell Beckham Jr. or Antonio Brown, the picture would be painted very differently. People would be calling them thugs and picking on them on a personal level.

They are already labeled as prima donna’s and locker room disasters. Beckham goes on a boat trip before playoffs, and everyone wants to talk about how immature he is. But the owner of the best franchise pays a possible sex slave for sex, and it’s all “hush hush?”

I think that when the smoke clears, the NFL will have a strong statement against Kraft, but not as strong or harsh had it been a player. According to the NFL personal conduct policy, Kraft is in violation, and because he is an owner, he needs to be held to a higher standard.

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