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Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Issues Statement on Prostitution Case: ‘I Am Truly Sorry’

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has issued a statement today saying he is “truly sorry” weeks after he was busted in a prostitution sting in a Florida spa.

“I am truly sorry,” Kraft said. “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.”

Kraft’s attorney put out a statement last night saying “there was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it,” which Kraft indirectly referenced in his statement:

Kraft has pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting prostitution. The New York Times reported earlier this week that he rejected a deal offered by prosecutors.

You can read his full statement here:

In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks. 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.

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 my 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 to 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.

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