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NFL Insider Predicts What Roger Goodell Will Do To Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft on the field.

ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 03: CEO of the New England Patriots Robert Kraft attends the Super Bowl LIII Pregame at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was officially charged with two first-degree misdemeanors for soliciting prostitution in Florida on Monday. Kraft, 77, is charged with visiting a day spa twice in Jupiter, Fla. and soliciting prostitution.

A court date has been set for Kraft, though he reportedly will not have to show up. His alleged crimes are punishable by up to one year in jail, though law enforcement officials do not expect him to serve any real time.

The NFL could come down hard on Kraft, though.

NFL insider Peter King believes that league commissioner Roger Goodell will likely be handing down a suspension.

The slap-in-the-face Robert Kraft solicitation story is three days old, and if police in south Florida prove their case against the Patriots owner, I believe he’ll be suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell.

King believes a suspension is much more likely than a fine for Kraft, if he's found guilty.

But if the charges against Kraft prove to be true, I believe the Ray Rice precedent will come into play. And that would not be good news for Kraft. I believe if Kraft is found guilty, commissioner Roger Goodell couldn’t give Kraft a hefty fine alone. The problem with a fine of Kraft? The last sitting owner to be seriously sanctioned by Goodell, Indianapolis’ Jim Irsay, was suspended for six games and fined $500,000 for driving while impaired. That sort of fine, on its own, would be the ultimate slap on the wrist to a man Forbes says is worth $6.8 billion. To be exact, $500,000 would be one-fourteenth of 1 percent of Kraft’s worth. Next to nothing, really. That’s part of the reason why I believe Kraft, if he is guilty, is more likely than not to be suspended.

Kraft has owned the New England Patriots since 1994.