Late this morning, news quickly spread that Patriots owner Robert Kraft had been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution at the Orchards of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, located in Palm Beach County.
CBS4 Miami was the first to break the shocking news.
Kraft, 77, is one of 25 individuals to be charged with soliciting sex at the Southern Florida spa, where two women were arrested earlier this week. The charges result from a months-long police investigation into prostitution and human trafficking at at least eight spas in the West Palm Beach area.
Law enforcement officials confirmed they have video evidence of Kraft receiving sexual favors.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further,” a spokesperson for Kraft said in a statement.
Like any fan, my first thought was: Whoa. It spread like wildfire today once the news broke. And you can see why. Kraft is a multi-billionaire, owner of the Patriots, friends with Donald Trump. He's kind of a big deal. And people love a good ol' sex story involving big names. Busy day for journalists no doubt.
ESPN's Adam Schefter appeared on SportsCenter today and said that Kraft isn't the biggest name linked to the story.
"I'm also told that Robert Kraft is not the biggest name involved down there in South Florida," Schefter said.
According to CBS Boston, Kraft could face up to a year in jail, fines/probation, or discipline from the NFL under the league's personal conduct policy due to the charges against him.