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What's next for Patriots owner Robert Kraft after requesting jury trial?

What's next for Patriots owner Robert Kraft after requesting jury trial?

On Tuesday, Robert Kraft waived his arraignment and requested a jury trial after pleading not guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution.

So what does that mean for the Patriots owner? Dean of Student of Massachusetts School of Law Michael Coyne explains. . .

"With a jury trial, all you have to do is get a single juror to hold out for you, where in a bench trial there is only one person that has the ultimate authority over whether you are found guilty or not," Coyne told NBC10 Boston. "What will happen next is there will be a pre-trial conference to decide on what motions need to be heard by the court, specifically the suppression of the video surveillance evidence will be one of them. And at some point then, we will go forward with respect to the trial.

"Jury trials take significantly longer to schedule. They're more involved and time-consuming. So what we're likely to see is a period over the next 12, maybe slightly more than that months, where there'll be various minor skirmishes leading up to either the plea arrangement or the trial. I think he wants to do everything in the world to avoid a trial, as most people would. The evidence itself, even if ultimately found not guilty, the evidence that will come in will be terribly embarrassing and hurtful to both the Kraft image as well as the Patriot brand."

Kraft's arraignment was set for March 28. But if his request for a jury trial is accepted, it would negate the arraignment.

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Behind the scenes of the Patriots' virtual 2020 NFL Draft

Behind the scenes of the Patriots' virtual 2020 NFL Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft was a unique one for the New England Patriots, along with the rest of the league.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the draft was held virtually and brought along an entirely new set of challenges for organizations. Fortunately, the draft went on without a hitch and was a major success.

Friday, the Patriots released a behind-the-scenes video of their virtual draft that is a fascinating watch for fans.

Watch below:


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We could have used more of Bill Belichick's dog Nike, who was the star of the draft, but still a cool video nonetheless. It just goes to show how much work is put in behind the scenes, and how great of a job each NFL organization did to make it as smooth as possible.

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Report: Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez talking to Robert Kraft about buying Mets

Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez appear to be making another run at purchasing the New York Mets.

According to Thornton McEnery of The New York Post, A-Rod and J-Lo are working with senior bankers at JPMorgan Chase to buy the storied baseball franchise from the Wilpon family. McEnery notes the celebrity couple is willing to part with "hundreds of millions" of their own money to make it happen. They also may get some assistance from the Kraft family.

"Two clients whom Rodriguez and Lopez have apparently been speaking to are Patriots owners Bob and Jonathan Kraft," McEnery writes. "Sources tell The Post that the Krafts are not interested in buying a baseball team but are very intrigued by J-Rod’s plans for the Mets and Citi Field."

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Those plans include redeveloping the area around Citi Field and turning it into an entertainment venue similar to what the Krafts have done with Patriot Place outside Gillette Stadium.

Although Rodriguez and Lopez's previous bid to buy the Mets with billionaire Wayne Rothbaum didn't work out, the couple appears set on getting a deal done. The Wilpons reportedly now are willing to sell part of SNY, the Mets' television network, which they weren't willing to part ways with during the first negotiations.

With help from the Krafts or other billionaire investors, A-Rod and J-Lo could make a serious bid to take over a franchise that the Wilpon family has invested in since 1980.