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Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged with soliciting prostitution

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of several people charged for their alleged involvement in a sex trafficking operation in Jupiter, Fla.

Kraft is charged with two separate counts of soliticing prostitution, Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr announced Friday in a press conference.

According to TCPalm.com, the 77-year-old owner was captured on surveillance video paying for "sexual services" at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, per TCPalm.com.

The charges against Kraft are part of a months-long international investigation by Palm Beach County police, who also charged several others in the extensive bust.

The Patriots owner actually visited the spa twice during the investigation and was driven both times, per Jupiter police.

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Patriots' Julian Edelman to lead free virtual Planet Fitness workout Thursday

Patriots' Julian Edelman to lead free virtual Planet Fitness workout Thursday

Gyms around the country have been shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but that's no excuse to not get a workout in.

If you're looking to get your workout routine back on track, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and Planet Fitness have you covered. On Thursday, Edelman will lead a live virtual "work-in" on Planet Fitness' Facebook page at 7 p.m. ET.

"The virtual class is about 20 minutes and doesn't require any equipment," Planet Fitness stated in a press release. "The home workouts offer tools to combat stress, while providing motivation and inspiration sure to keep us all physically and mentally fit. And what’s more inspiring than our champion New England team!"

Below is the Facebook event for those interested in joining:

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If you can't make it to Edelman's live workout at 7 p.m., don't worry. The workout video will be available on the Planet Fitness Facebook page and YouTube channel after the broadcast is over.

Tedy Bruschi names his top five Patriots linebackers of the Tom Brady Era

Tedy Bruschi names his top five Patriots linebackers of the Tom Brady Era

Linebacker has been a position of strength for the New England Patriots for most of their 20-year dynasty, and one of the big reasons they've been able to sustain such a high level of success

Tedy Bruschi was a key linebacker for New England from 1996 to 2008. A three-time Super Bowl champion, Bruschi was inducted to the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013. There's no doubt he's one of the best LBs in Patriots history.

But on Wednesday, a humble Bruschi took on the task of naming his top five Patriots linebackers of the Tom Brady Era, and he didn't include himself.

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Here's who he did name, per WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria".

Five, I heard you guys talking about [Rob] Ninkovich and I think that was a good call, that Rob and the timely plays he made, that sort of edge presence was strong. I go with Ninkovich at five.

I go [Roman] Phifer at four. Phife is someone that people forget about. Now, Phife never came off the field, through all those three championship runs — the early ones — Phife was like that guy now that splits out and covers the guy on the slots, and he’d beat up the tight end, or he’d have to cover a back. Phife did so much for us on the punt team with me and [Mike Vrabel], that type of guy. So Phifer was definitely one of the top ones for me.

For three, I have to put Hightower at three. Dont’a just made so many big plays in so many big games. So he’d be three for me.

Two, I’d go with Vrabel. all the reasons you guys have talked about already, but Vrabel, there was also a time during that stretch where he had to play inside linebacker. Inside linebacker, outside linebacker, defensive end, those type of guys. So Vrabel is two.

And I put [Willie] McGinest at one. In terms of a d-end, and also getting up and playing outside linebacker, setting the tone in the locker room, I mean, he was there even for the ’96 Super Bowl for me when I was a rookie there, so one would be Willie for me.

That's definitely a tough top five to argue with. Of course, Bruschi probably should be in there.

Jerod Mayo, Junior Seau, and Ted Johnson all are honorable mentions. And if we're talking non-Brady Era, Andre Tippett's likely in the top spot.

The Patriots lost a pair of key linebackers in free agency this offseason as Kyle Van Noy signed a four-year deal with the Miami Dolphins and Jamie Collins left for the Detroit Lions on a three-year contract.