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Judge orders state to not release Robert Kraft video until there's a hearing

Judge orders state to not release Robert Kraft video until there's a hearing

UPDATE (Wednesday, April 17 at 4:41 p.m. ET): There's been a new development. A judge has blocked the evidence from being released until there's a hearing. Here's what ESPN's T.J. Quinn reported Wednesday afternoon:

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The police surveillance videos of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paying for sexual favors at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., will be released after all. 

Why are the videos going to be released? Here's what John R. Ellement of The Boston Globe reported Wednesday:

Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office said in court papers it is obligated under Florida law to provide the video to the public and the media now and cannot wait for a judge to decide whether it should be kept under seal while Lei Wang is prosecuted as the alleged manager of the Orchids of Asia Spa in Jupiter, Fla.

Kraft's lawyers have tried to prevent the videos from being released. They argued last week that the release of the videos will cause the 77-year-old "irreparable harm" and could "destroy" his chances of a fair trial. 

The Patriots owner and other defendants filed a motion in March to prevent the release of the spa videos. Earlier this month, several media outlets, including The Boston Globe, filed a joint motion opposing Kraft's protective order of the spa videos.

Kraft requested a jury trial last month. The Patriots owner also reportedly rejected a plea deal that would have dropped the charges against him if he admitted he would've been found guilty in court. Kraft was charged in February with two separate counts of soliciting prostitution. 

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Prosecutors' appeal in Kraft case won't be heard before Sept. 4

Prosecutors' appeal in Kraft case won't be heard before Sept. 4

Prosecutors' appeal of the Florida judge's decision excluding videotape evidence in Patriots owner Robert Kraft's solicitation of prostitution case won't be heard until at least Sept. 4, meaning the case likely won't be resolved until after the NFL season begins.

On Tuesday, Judge Leonard Hanser agreed to allow the case to run through the appeals process before it goes to trial. Last week, Hanser ruled two videos that police say show Kraft paying for sex when he visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, in January can't be used as evidence in a trial. The Palm Beach County State Attorney is seeking to have that ruling overturned.

Kraft issued a public apology after the arrest and has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of solicitation. The Patriots owner also faces discipline from the NFL but the appeal and subsequent delay in the trial and resolution of the case could put that on hold as well.

The Patriots open their season and will raise their sixth Super Bowl championship banner Sunday night, Sept. 8, against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. 

At a press conference in March, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about the Kraft case and said, "The Personal Conduct Policy applies to everybody. Commissioners, owners, executives, players, coaches. And it will be applied to everybody. But it will be done after we get all the facts. When we have all the information, we'll be fair and smart about it. That's what we'll do."

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Tom Brady reflects on making 'Tom vs. Time' after winning Emmy

Tom Brady reflects on making 'Tom vs. Time' after winning Emmy

Tom Brady has had his fair share of challenges on the field, but one of the biggest challenges of his 19-year career came off of it.

"Tom vs. Time," a six-episode docuseries that centered around Brady's life during the 2017 season, was released in January 2018. On Monday, the series won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary.

Brady took to Instagram on Tuesday and opened up about what went into the making of "Tom vs. Time."

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When I was approached by @gchopra at ROS, Facebook and @brawitz to explore this opportunity, it was a bit nerve-racking. This was so outside of the things I have always done and I wasn’t sure if we could pull it off. The reality was, before the filming began and even during the filming, it was on and off again at least 5 times. There were a lot of moving parts on all sides and it took a lot of work at every level to pull it together and have it ready for viewing 16 months ago. The Patriots had an amazing season of many highs and lows that added humanity to the story. And it was so much fun to have my family and friends and all the people who support me be a part of it. I couldn’t have been happier with the final product and people getting to see another side of me besides what most people see every Sunday. I can be a very focused and driven person on the field (and off too), but as most of my friends and teammates know, what you saw is just plain me. I can’t thank you enough for going on the journey with me. You all have made it all worth it, and to win an Emmy highlights the incredible work of everyone involved — the @religionofsports team, the @shadowlion team, @facebook, the @patriots, @nflfilms @tb12sports and my family, friends and teammates. Thank you. I love you all!

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It's clear filming the series was a daunting process, but ultimately it was all worth it for the six-time Super Bowl champion as he adds yet another accolade to his résumé.

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