Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with solicitation of prostitution

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

Jupiter, Fla. police announced today that Robert Kraft has been charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. A warrant will be issued for his arrest since he is not a Florida resident, and his attorneys will be notified.

Police say they have videotape of him paying for a sex act inside a massage parlor.

A spokesperson for Kraft, 77, said: "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting any further.”

NFL statement: "The NFL is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments."

BSJ analysis

Normally, BSJ wouldn't touch this because it's a private matter that should not affect the team in any way. People will run with this because it's salacious and it will generate #clicks.

However, Kraft is subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy that says, "Everyone who is part of the league must refrain from ‘conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in’ the NFL. This includes owners, coaches, players, other team employees, game officials, and employees of the league office, NFL Films, NFL Network, or any other NFL business."

That means Kraft could be subject to discipline and that would affect the team. And, given Kraft's age and the totality of his career, it's not out of the realm of possibility this incident perhaps quickens the timeline for Kraft's son, Jonathan, to take over the day to day oversight of the team. And if that happens, then the on-field product will definitely be affected.

BSJ will continue reporting and monitoring the story behind the scenes, but unless there are major reverberations that affect the Patriots on the field, don't expect further reports on the subject.