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Solicitation charge places Robert Kraft at Orchids of Asia Day Spa on day of AFC title game

Solicitation charge places Robert Kraft at Orchids of Asia Day Spa on day of AFC title game

Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg came out swinging in his press conference Monday afternoon.

"This isn't about lonely old men or victimless crimes," he said.

What he was referencing were the prostitution-related charges facing 25 individuals based on the Jupiter, Fla., Police Department's investigation into criminal activity occurring at Orchids of Asia Day Spa, which began in October. 

The highest-profile name involved is that of Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, who was placed at that location on two separate occasions, including the morning of Jan. 20, hours ahead of the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City. 

Aronberg indicated that the individuals involved will be charged with first-degree misdemeanors of soliciting prostitution. A first-degree conviction would result in a mandatory 100 hours of community service, a $5,000 fine and a course intended to educate on the dangers of human trafficking. A conviction could result in a maximum of a year in jail time.

Aronberg said that diversion programs are "available."

"There are diversion programs available, there are classes available," he said. "Just because the mandatory penalty is up to a year in jail doesn't mean someone is going to get that."

With a diversion, there is no plea from the accused. A Deferred Prosecution Agreement would be signed, and the state would defer prosecution. So long as the accused accomplished that which was agreed upon with the state, the expectation is that the case would be dismissed. 

The Boston Herald's Kevin Duffy spoke to Palm Beach County attorney Steven Bell, who explained the diversion program process, and how common those are in cases like these, though Bell explained that the human trafficking element could impact the likelihood that the state would be willing to defer prosecution.

Kraft is being considered a resident of the state of Florida because he holds a residence there. His attorney has been issued a summons and will not have to make a public court appearance, Aronberg explained.

Aronberg was asked several questions about Kraft but did not get into the specifics of his case. 

Aronberg did make several comments to highlight how strongly he feels about providing preferential treatment for those with means. This is a case, Aronberg frequently pointed out, that deals with the broader issue of human trafficking. 

"Our office treats everyone the same," he said, "whether you have a lot of money or are indigent . . . This isn't about lonely old men or victimless crimes."

On the subject of any "bigger" names that might be involved in some way shape or form in this case, Aronberg said, "that would be news to me." ESPN reported on Friday that there was a name more noteworthy than Kraft's that was somehow involved. 

"Hard for me to talk about rumors," Aronberg said, "especially false ones."

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Patriots DE Chase Winovich pleads for Tom Brady to stay in New England

Patriots DE Chase Winovich pleads for Tom Brady to stay in New England

Chase Winovich is all of New England right about now.

The Patriots defensive end clearly isn't a fan of the idea that Tom Brady may suit up for a new team in 2020. On Wednesday, he took to Instagram to beg Brady to re-sign with the Pats, and he did so in hilarious fashion.

"'To stay or to stay... 🤔' #pleaseDad #NotAllowedtoLeave #goat #shakespeare," Winovich wrote.


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The "Shakespeare" is a nice touch, but history tells us Brady may not be amused. Winovich may be on to something with the "#pleaseDad" hashtag, though.

Winovich, drafted out of Michigan 19 years after his favorite QB and fellow Wolverine, will have to wait impatiently like the rest of us until Brady makes his much-anticipated decision. The 42-year-old officially becomes a free agent March 18 if he and the Patriots can't agree on a contract extension before then.

The Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers, and Las Vegas Raiders each have been named as potential suitors for Brady in free agency.

Ex-Patriots star Rob Gronkowski reveals where he wanted to go in 2010 NFL Draft

Ex-Patriots star Rob Gronkowski reveals where he wanted to go in 2010 NFL Draft

Rob Gronkowski envisioned beginning his NFL career in Arizona.

Gronkowski played two seasons at the University of Arizona and was one of the best tight end prospects entering the 2010 NFL Draft. His initial preference was to make the 2-hour trip from Tuscon to Glendale and play for the Arizona Cardinals. The Kurt Warner era in Arizona had just ended and the team needed a tight end. On paper, the Cardinals and Gronkowski were a perfect match.

“I loved being in the state of Arizona … I was praying that they would take me because I wanted to go there,” Gronkowski said Tuesday on Arizona radio station 98.7 FM's "Doug & Wolf" show. “I felt like they needed a tight end and they brought me in for a little visit.”

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The visit didn't go very well.

“I took a visit there and everything, I could tell they had no interest in me,” Gronkowski said. “I could tell, the people that brought me in, they were just bringing me in to bring me in.”

Concerns over Gronkowski's back played a part in him dropping to the second round, where the Patriots took a chance on him with the 42nd overall pick. Gronkowski played nine years for the Patriots and became arguably the greatest tight end in pro football history.

He also played a part in three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams, including a Super Bowl LIII triumph over the Los Angeles Rams in February of 2019 that turned out to be his last NFL game. He retired in March of last year.

The Cardinals are still searching for an elite tight end 10 years later. The position has been an area of weakness for Arizona throughout the last decade. According to USA TODAY, Gronkowski's 80 career receiving touchdowns are 54 more than every Cardinals tight end combined (26 TDs) from 2010 through 2018. 

The Cardinals did take a tight end in the 2010 draft with the selection of Jim Dray in the seventh round. He played in 56 games (and tallied just two receiving touchdowns) for the Cardinals over a seven-year career that also included time with three other teams.

Gronkowski would've been great for the Cardinals, and he was right in their backyard.

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