Robert Kraft’s graphic sex tape — where he’s caught on video receiving oral sex at a Florida massage parlor — will probably be released publicly. That’s what Florida authorities said one day after the billionaire New England Patriots owner filed a motion to keep the police surveillance videos kept under seal.
Martin County Sheriff William Snyder led the “human trafficking” probe in South Florida that ensnared Kraft and 300 other men.
Snyder told CNBC that Kraft’s sex tape would probably be released publicly even if he accepts a plea deal to make the case go away.
“Ultimately, they are probably going to get released. Once a case is over, it’s not an ongoing investigation.”
“There has to be a specific reason not to release a public record. And the fact that there is sexual activity is not an exemption.”
Snyder says he has seen some of the videos, and he warned that they are “explicit, sexual, and graphic….It’s pretty ugly.”
As CCN.com reported, Florida prosecutors offered to drop the charges this week if Kraft admits that he would’ve been found guilty at trial.
However, Kraft says admitting guilt is a non-starter, according to ESPN reporter T.J. Quinn, who broke the news of the plea deal on Twitter.
Quinn also shot down multiple press reports claiming that Kraft had rejected the deal.
“I don’t believe that’s true. He’s indicated that he will not agree to admit guilt, but it’s a negotiation.”
As for why Kraft won’t just admit guilt to end this humiliating spectacle quickly, Quinn says it’s a matter of principle for the 77-year-old widower, who does not have a criminal record.
“One, if convicted, it makes things tougher with the NFL. Two, sources say it’s personally important to him not to admit to a crime, even if he doesn’t dispute basic facts.”
Cynically, it’s likely that all this posturing in the press — with Kraft signaling reluctance to accept a deal and authorities threatening to release his graphic sex tape — is part of the negotiating process.
Here are some responses on Twitter to reports that Kraft’s explicit “happy ending” videos would be released:
So far, no one has been charged with human trafficking, causing critics to accuse Florida authorities of sensationalizing a local prostitution sting operation to satisfy the grandiose political ambitions of local bureaucrats desperate to raise their profiles.
Authorities say the massage therapists were not held against their will and could have walked out anytime. Moreover, there’s no evidence that Robert Kraft knew that the masseuses could theoretically have been trafficking victims.
Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution. He faces up to a year in jail if convicted (although that is highly unlikely). He will also be required to complete 100 hours of community service, and attend a class on prostitution.
However, the New England Patriots owner’s legal woes are less worrisome to him than the sanctions he might face from the National Football League. Under the NFL’s personal conduct policy, team owners and players are required to “refrain from conduct detrimental to the integrity of, and public confidence in, the NFL.”
The NFL has previously disciplined players who were never prosecuted. Kraft is expected to appear in court on March 28.