Brian McDaniel

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Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, was found guilty on two counts of soliciting prostitution and one count of engaging in illicit sexual conduct. He was sentenced to serve 46 days in jail and fined $5,000.

In March 2018, Robert Kraft faced controversy for remarks made about his team’s quarterback Tom Brady during an interview with Fox News reporter James Rosen. “I believe to my core that he is a good person,” said Kraft who dressed Brady up as Santa to help raise funds for a charity event at Harvard University’s football stadium. “What the league did to him was draconian beyond belief.” He added, “I know they had to do it. I’ll never understand why they needed to do it in the first place.”

In addition, Kraft said that Brady is a “touchstone” for him. Regarding Brady’s controversial relationship with President Donald Trump, Kraft added, “It’s so much more than winning championships. It’s about doing things with class and dignity. … I’m sure that’s what he’ll continue to do.”

In April 2018, Robert Kraft donated $1 million to the National Football Post.

Robert Kraft was one of more than 300 people who received a call from President Donald Trump on February 28, 2018. In the call, Trump wished Kraft and the New England Patriots well in their Super Bowl game against the Philadelphia Eagles. This marked the first time they have met during the postseason and will be the first time that they face each other in a Super Bowl championship game.

In May 1999, Robert Kraft bought the New England Patriots from then-owner Richard “Bee” Kraft for $172 million.

In 2005, James Busch Beekman purchased majority control of the Patriots. With his wife, Patricia, he owns 51 percent of the team. When Busch Beekman became chairman and CEO in 2004, he forced Kraft to hand over control of the team’s business operations to his son Jonathan. Refer to this page for related information.


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