Even if New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is found not guilty and escapes punishment from the law on two first-degree misdemeanor solicitation charges, he still could face the wrath of the NFL.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday at the league’s annual meeting that the NFL is conducting its own fact-finding investigation and will punish Kraft based on that rather than when the case is legally resolved, via The Boston Herald’s Kevin Duffy.
Kraft would be punished based on the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
“I think we said several weeks ago, the personal conduct policy applies to everybody,” Goodell said, via ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Commissioners, owners, executives, players, coaches, and it will be applied to everybody. But it will be done after we get all the facts and we have all the information. We will be fair and smart about it, and that’s what we will do.”
Police say Kraft was caught on videotape receiving sex acts at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., on Jan 19 and 20. Kraft apologized in a statement last week but has denied any illegal activity.