Robert Kraft sits with President Trump at dinner with Emir of Qatar

Robert Kraft sits with President Trump at dinner with Emir of Qatar

Donald Trump's connection with Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots goes way back.

The U.S. President and Patriots owner have run in the same social circles for many years and are good friends, while Tom Brady has been golf buddies with Trump for years and once showed support with a "MAGA" hat in his locker.

On Monday night, Trump and Kraft added to their public relationship, even as Kraft has largely kept a low profile amid being charged with soliciting prostitution in February. Kraft sat at the same table as President Trump as the Trump administration met with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, for a dinner in Washington, D.C.

According to The New York Times, Trump is eager to do business in Qatar, one of the wealthiest nations in the world. To court the oil-rich nation, Trump invited more than 40 American business leaders, including Kraft, to Washington. 

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Blues radio broadcast zings Robert Kraft over cameo at Bruins' Game 1

Blues radio broadcast zings Robert Kraft over cameo at Bruins' Game 1

There's a chance Robert Kraft may have his charges of soliciting prostitution dropped. But the court of public opinion won't let him off so easily.

The New England Patriots owner showed his face Monday night at TD Garden to cheer on the Boston Bruins in their Game 1 win over the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Final.

As Kraft received a warm ovation from the Boston crowd, Chris Kerber, the Blues' play-by-play announcer for St. Louis' KMOX radio station, threw in this nice little quip (via ESPN's Keith Olbermann):

"They just showed Patriots owner Robert Kraft (on) the video board . . . I guess there are some videos he doesn't mind being a part of."

We see what he did there.

The context for that joke: There's allegedly video evidence of Kraft exchanging cash for sexual favors at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., that his legal team is working aggressively to ensure never sees the light of day.

So far, Kraft's lawyers have succeeded, as a judge recently granted the Patriots owner's motion to suppress video evidence on the grounds it was obtained illegally.

Prosecutors will appeal that ruling this fall, but in the meantime, Kraft seems perfectly fine being a man about town, even if he takes some snark in the process.

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NFL Rumors: Execs now believe Robert Kraft will avoid suspension

NFL Rumors: Execs now believe Robert Kraft will avoid suspension

Back in February, some NFL executives speculated that Robert Kraft could face a harsher punishment than Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay's four-game suspension.

It appears that sentiment has changed. A lot.

The MMQB's Albert Breer spoke to multiple NFL executives who now believe the league won't discipline the New England Patriots owner at all for his role in a solicitation of prostitution scandal in Florida.

Here's Breer:

Asked if he thinks Kraft will be sanctioned late Wednesday, one NFC team exec answered, "No, nor should he be." An owner from another NFC team, when asked the same question, said, "I’d be pretty surprised if he was."

Breer added that "most owners and team executives sure seem to have cooled" on the idea that the NFL should punish Kraft and quoted a source at the NFL Players Association as saying, "I’m not sure it’s really relevant for us."

The key to Kraft's case against his two misdemeanor charges for soliciting prostitution is video evidence from inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. As of now, Kraft seems to be winning the battle to keep that video out of the public eye, successfully filing a motion to have video evidence suppressed on the grounds that it was obtained illegally.

Breer notes the NFL has never punished someone for a misdemeanor charge without a conviction, so if Kraft has his case dismissed, it seems likely he wouldn't be disciplined, either.

Prosecutors have appealed a Florida judge's motion to suppress the video, but that appeal won't be heard until Sept. 4 at the earliest, so it's looking more likely the Patriots owner will be in attendance when New England's latest Super Bowl banner gets raised at Gillette Stadium.

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