On Saturday morning, the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, released a public statement apologizing for the current scandal he is involved in, commenting for the first time since he was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation in February. Kraft, 77, has plead not guilty to both counts of solicitation at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa and is not alleged to have taken part in human trafficking.
Robert Kraft’s full statement provided to NBC News:
In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent during these past several weeks. To correct some of the misinformation surrounding this matter, my attorney made his first public comments of Friday night. I would like to use this opportunity to say something 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.
Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. 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 a partner for 50 years.
As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.
Attorney William Burck denied the allegations of Kraft’s involvement in human trafficking as he told ESPN:
There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it. The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn’t want to admit it. The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained.
Robert Kraft’s court date is scheduled for March 28th; However, his attorney is currently negotiating a plea deal.