New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who is being charged with soliciting prostitution after allegedly receiving sexual acts in a Florida massage parlor, has finally issued a statement on the matter. Kraft apologized for his "actions" - adding that he's "truly sorry" for what transpired.
Kraft is facing misdemeanor charges for soliciting prostitution at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida. Last week, he declined to take the plea deal that Florida prosecutors were offering - which would have included an admission of guilt.
Kraft's statement was released Saturday morning. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to drop it:
Statement from Robert Kraft:
"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."
The legal proceedings for Kraft's case will start on April 24.