The National Football League issued a statement saying that the league's Personal Conduct Policy applies to both owners and players, which implies that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft could be punished after being caught up in a months-long investigation into prostitution and human trafficking in Florida. Kraft is facing two counts of soliciting prostitution after he was reportedly captured on video engaging in paid sexual acts at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.
“Our Personal Conduct Policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL. We will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the Policy. We are seeking a full understanding of the facts, while ensuring that we do not interfere with an ongoing law enforcement investigation. We will take appropriate action as warranted based on the facts.”
Kraft denied the allegations in a brief statement by his spokesman.
“We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity,” the spokesman said. “Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further.”
The NFL has punished owners in the past for their off-the-field issues. In 2014, the league fined Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay $500,000 and suspended him for six games following an arrest for driving while under the influence of oxycodone and hydrocodone.
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