New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has released a statement addressing his recent legal troubles in which he expresses regret.
“I am truly sorry,” Kraft writes. “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.”
Kraft was charged with soliciting prostitution last month as part of a large sting in Florida. His lawyer expressed surprise and frustration yesterday that prosecutors did not agree to a request for a protective evidence in the case, which includes the allegedly graphic video.
Earlier in the week, Kraft's attorneys rejected a deal from the prosecutors that would have resulted in the charges being dropped in exchange for an acknowledgement that he'd have been convicted if prosecuted.