New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is apologizing after being charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation, the AP reports. "I am truly sorry," Kraft said in a statement Saturday. "I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard." The statement was first reported by ESPN. Kraft said he has "extraordinary respect for women," adding that his morals were shaped by his late wife. Myra Kraft died in 2011. "Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being," he said.
"I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect," Kraft said. Kraft pleaded not guilty last month to two counts of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution. This week, attorneys for 77-year-old Kraft and other men charged in multiple Florida counties asked a judge to block the release of video recordings that police say show them engaging in sexual acts. Prosecutors have offered to drop the charges if Kraft and the men enter a diversion program for first-time offenders. That would include an admission they would be found guilty if their case went to trial, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service, and attendance in a class on the dangers of prostitution and its connection to human trafficking.
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