Patriots owner Kraft to reject plea deal

Heather Diaz
March 21, 2019

The New England Patriots owner and his lawyers reportedly are doing whatever they can to keep any potential video of him receiving sexual favors for money hidden from the public, according to TMZ.

It was unclear at the time of the WSJ report whether Kraft would be open to accepting the deal, and now there's another report that says he isn't.

Under the initial deal that was offered, prosecutors would drop misdemeanor solicitation charges if the men pay $5,000 fines for each offense (Kraft was charged with two), complete an educational course about prostitution, submit to testing for sexually transmitted diseases and admit in court that they would have been found guilty had the case gone to trial.

Kraft, who has been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution and has an arraignment hearing scheduled for next Thursday, has denied engaging in "any illegal activity" since the charges were announced last month. Kraft has pleaded not guilty to the two charges. Kraft's attorneys are now negotiating with prosecutors over a potential plea deal and the viability of the state's case. The plea offer was first reported Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal.

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Jupiter police have said Kraft was caught on surveillance video on both occasions, January 19 and January 20.

Jack Goldberger, a lawyer representing Kraft in the case, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday afternoon.

Police say they have video evidence of the National Football League owner paying for and receiving sexual acts from employees at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, on two consecutive days in January.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has punished Kraft's Patriots more severely than any other franchise during his tenure, according to ESPN.

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