By: Rohan Bommaraju (Sports Correspondent)
Over this past February Break, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with two counts of first-degree solicitation. Video surveillance showed Kraft entering the Orchids of Asia Day Spa twice before the AFC Championship Game soliciting a prostitute.
A court date has been set for 8:30 a.m. E.S.T. on April 24. However, since this is a low-level arrest warrant, Kraft will not need to appear in court for the trial. If Kraft’s convictions are found guilty, He could face one year in jail, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service, as well as having to go to a human trafficking dangers class. Kraft may also receive discipline from the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who could fine or suspend Kraft from any activities with the New England Patriots.
Some students of Sharon High School say that Kraft will not be banned but should be given a fine or suspension.
“No I do not think he should be banned from the NFL because it is a first-time offense I believe he should be given a warning with some consequences such as a fine since this is not okay,” said freshman Aditya Joshi.
Freshman Ethan Cooperman says “Well I would say I don’t know he should be banned but suspending him for a good amount of time would be a proper punishment”
Sharon High School Principal Dr. Libano also agrees “No I think he shouldn’t be banned. I think you have to base on what happened in the past other owners were fined significant money and suspended, I think the owner of the Indianapolis Colts a few years back was suspended for driving under the influence”
Kraft pled “not guilty” and is requesting to have a non-jury trial. In the past decade, only two other NFL team executives have faced crimes, Colts owner Jim Irsay in 2014 and former Detroit Lions team president Tom Lewand in 2010. Irsay was arrested on drug charges but was charged with one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Lewand was driving while impaired. Both Irsay and Lewand pled guilty to their charges. Lewand was suspended for 30 days and fined $100,000 and Irsay had a six games suspension and was fined $500,000.
During an ESPN Interview, Palm Beach County Attorney general Dave Aronberg says that Kraft will not go to jail. “Mistameres will rarely result in actual jail time for people with a clean record, but you never know what will happen. It is up to a court if it goes to trial, But usually, with cases like this you have diversion programs and other ways to dispose of the case.”
“I think a fine would be all,” says Freshman Shane Sekuler
Dr. Jose Libano says, “The American legal system defines what he did as a misdemeanor, so he will probably get a fine.”
Cooperman says, “From what I have read it will be a fine of a few hundred dollars since it is two listeners.”
Some say that Kraft should give the control of the Patriots to his son, Jonathan Kraft.
“I think he should give it to his son,” said Joshi
Cooperman said “Well I would say that he is severely punished giving the Patriots to his son would be a good idea.”
Sekuler said “I would not sell the Patriots right now if I were him. Instead he should give it to his son.”