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Robert Kraft waives arraignment, requests jury trial in prostitution case

Robert Kraft waives arraignment, requests jury trial in prostitution case

Robert Kraft is maintaining his innocence.

The New England Patriots owner has waived his arraignment and requested a jury trial after pleading not guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution, according to court documents obtained by NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry.

Kraft's arraignment was set for March 28, but his attorneys filed documents electronically Tuesday requesting a jury trial that would negate the arraignment.

Kraft apologized in a statement Saturday but didn't admit to any illegal activity stemming from allegations that he paid for sex acts at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla,.

The Patriots owner's attorneys have questioned the legality of Florida police's investigation into Kraft and others, arguing police illegally obtained video evidence and conducted an illegal traffic stop of Kraft.

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Julian Edelman pumped for Patriots camp to begin: 'School's back in session'

Julian Edelman pumped for Patriots camp to begin: 'School's back in session'

Julian Edelman warmed up for training camp Saturday by putting on a clinic in near 100-degree heat.

The Patriots wide receiver helped conduct his football clinic for about 600 boys and girls at Lincoln-Sudbury High School about 40 minutes north of Foxboro. The Super Bowl MVP compared Pats camp, which begins Thursday at Gillette Stadium, to school being back in session.

“I’m extremely excited for the new year. This is a new team. Training camp coming up, this is kind of like when school’s back in session," Edelman told reporters. "We had summer break, [now] you get to see all the fellas. This is where you learn your team and learn each other and become accountable for each other and work hard together and create a consistency together."

The undisputed veteran of a Patriots receiving corps that is short on big names beside himself, Edelman, 33, is ready to mentor young receivers, such as first-round pick N'Keal Harry. 

“This is like the beginning shape form of your team, these next few weeks. It’s a crucial point. We put a lot of hard work in during the spring, and the next step to playing other teams, so it’s definitely exciting.”

With tight end Rob Gronkowski retired, Edelman takes center stage as Tom Brady's favorite target. He led all Pats receivers with 850 yards in the regular season despite an NFL-imposed PED suspension that kept him out of the first four games. His 10-catch, 141-yard performance against the Rams in Super Bowl 53 earned him game MVP honors.

Starting Thursday, he'll lead a receiver group that includes few familiar names: Phillip Dorsett returns, Braxton Berrios is back from the practice squad, Harry is a top draft pick and free-agent signees Demaryius Thomas, Dontrelle Inman and Maurice Harris are among those who've been added. 

Albert Breer: Two reasons why Tyreek Hill was not suspended

Albert Breer: Two reasons why Tyreek Hill was not suspended

Albert Breer gives his two reasons he thinks Tyreek Hill was not suspended by the NFL.

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