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Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he is ‘truly sorry’ for his actions

Robert Kraft, Patriots

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft released a statement in which he apologized for being charged with the solicitation of a prostitute on Saturday.

“In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks,” Kraft said in his first comments since being named in the Florida prostitution sting. “To correct some of the misinformation surrounding this matter, my attorney made his first public comments on Friday night. I would like to use this opportunity to say something that I have wanted to say for four weeks… I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.”

On February 22, 2019, the police chief of Jupiter, Florida, announced that Kraft would face two misdemeanor charges for “soliciting another to commit prostitution,” stemming from a human trafficking sweep in Jupiter.

Investigators suspected the managers at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where Kraft was allegedly video recorded in sexual activity, were sex trafficking women. They claimed Kraft was caught on camera “receiving the alleged acts.” A spokesperson for Kraft issued a statement to “categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity.”

Kraft will not accept an offer that would result in pending charges of solicitation of prostitution being dismissed, in exchange for an acknowledgement that, if prosecuted, he would have been convicted.

“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing,” added Kraft. “The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years.”

Kraft is scheduled for arraignment on March 28.