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Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Accused of Soliciting sex in Florida, Police Say

TMZ has the latest on the breaking story on Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the prostitution, human trafficking sting operation in Florida that broke early today.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is a wanted man — cops say they’ve issued a warrant for his arrest as part of a recent prostitution, human trafficking sting operation in Jupiter, Florida.

Cops say 77-year-old Kraft will be charged with 2 counts of “soliciting another to commit prostitution,” according to Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr.

Chief Kerr says he was “stunned as everybody else” when he saw Kraft’s name as a suspect.

Officials say Kraft is accused of soliciting a prostitute on at least 2 separate occasions at a massage parlor in Florida roughly “a month ago.”

Cops say the name of the establishment that Kraft visited is Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

Cops say they have obtained evidence from body cam video and surveillance that has been conducted over the last several months.

Officials say Kraft was driven to the spa by a chauffeur … and say they have video of the Pats owner “that shows the act that took place” with him inside of the spa.

The average cost per visit for services was $59 for half an hour and $79 per hour, according to police.

As for the next steps, officials say the State’s Attorney has the warrant and it will be sent to Kraft’s home in Massachusetts.

Kraft has been charged with a misdemeanor and will have to appear in court.

So far, no official comment from either Kraft or the New England Patriots. We’ve also reached out to the NFL, as he will likely face discipline from the league.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the operation — including Homeland Security, the IRS, the Jupiter P.D., Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and more.

Officials say the women accused of running the sex trafficking ring operated out of local spas which touted themselves as massage parlors.

The investigation took roughly 8 months and officials say they’ve identified more than 100 men suspected of being “Johns.”

Robert Kraft bought the Patriots in January 1994 — and has led the team to 6 Super Bowl championships and 10 AFC championships.

Kraft is also the owner of Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution — which has been to the MLS Cup Finals in 5 different seasons.

Kraft was married to Myra Kraft from 1963 to her death in 2011. He dated Ricki Noel Lander since 2012. Ricki has a child but she says Kraft is not the biological father.

Kraft is reportedly worth more than $6 BILLION according to Forbes, a fortune that stems from a paper-manufacturing conglomerate, which includes the Rand-Whitney Group.

Rob Gronkowski Still Unsure if He Will Be Back for the 2019 Season

There has been a great deal of speculation on the future of Patriots tight end Robert Gronkowski. He said after the Super Bowl he would take a week or two to decide whether to retire.

Gronkowski appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” on Wednesday. In the interview, he did not shed any light on speculation that he will retire from playing football before next season, Kristin LaFratta of Masslive reports.

“Right after the season, you can’t make a decision. It’s so emotional, a big win like that,” Gronkowski said. “You gotta settle down, you gotta see how your body responds.”

Patriots Declare to the NFL Following Record-Tying 6th Super Bowl Win: “We’re Still Here”

Before the Patriots embarked to Atlanta last Sunday afternoon, Tom Brady led the 35,000 fans crowding the Gillette Stadium field in a cheer, one with a surprising message.

“We’ll still here!” they cried repeatedly, reminding the sports media-industrial complex, forgetful fans and anyone who would listen that reports of the Patriots dynasty’s death had been greatly exaggerated.

On Sunday evening, following a 13-3 victory over the lifeless Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the refrain returned, this time with added meaning, Jeremy Bergman of reports.

“It’s sweet. It’s sweet, Jim,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told CBS’ Jim Nantz on the podium. “Everybody counted us out from the beginning the season, mid-season, but we’re still here.”

The Patriots had bought what they were selling, and it worked.

“It’s satisfying. Just the way we grinded all year,” tight end Rob Gronkowski offered after the victory on NFL Network. “It wasn’t beautiful. Our season was up. Our season was down. Our season was up, then it was down. Then we were eliminated; nobody believed in us. No one thought we were ever gonna do it.”

“We stuck together, that was the biggest achievement I’ve ever been apart of. Throughout the whole season, just the way we stuck together,” Gronk explained. “Defense sometimes wasn’t playing great, offense sometimes wasn’t playing great, special teams sometimes wasn’t playing great. But we all knew if we stuck together, found our identity; we could pull it off and that’s what we did. We stuck together as a family in the down times and we pulled it off as a team — it was unbelievable.”

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Patriots Clinch 6th Super Bowl Title as Defense Dominates in 13-3 Win Over Rams in Super Bowl LIII

Some fans were bored with how Super Bowl LIII played out, but by the end it was a day for defense and clutch plays by the Patriots, who took care of business by winning their 6th Super Bowl title with a 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

It was typical Bill Belichick, coming up with a game plan to put the squeeze on the high powered Rams offense, holding them to just one field goal and a total of 260 yards and 14 first downs.

The Patriots also held the Rams to just 3-of-13 on third downs, stopping them time and time again when it mattered the most.

The grumbling from the fans came from the fact that the game was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl to date, beating out Super Bowl VII, when Miami Dolphins beat Washington Redskins by a score of 14–7 in January 1973.

The game came down to the fourth quarter tied 3-3 after the Pats led the game 3-0 at the half.

In the final 15 minutes the Pats outscored the Rams 10-0, with rookie running back Sony Michel scoring on a 2-yard run with roughly 7 minutes remaining to give the Patriots a 10-3 lead.

Pats kicker Stephen Gostkowski sealed the win with a field goal late in the fourth quarter to make it a 13-3 game.

The winning drive for the Pats was beautifully done by QB Tom Brady, as he completed four consecutive passes to set up Michel’s touchdown plunge.

The drive opened with an 18-yard catch by Rob Gronkowski, who added a 29-yard diving catch at the two.

The MVP of the low scoring affair was Julian Edelman, who had a game-high 10 catches for a game-high 141 yards, many of them coming on third downs.

Brady, the 41-year old quarterback, threw for 262 yards and overcame an opening possession interception to be solid the rest of the way, not turning the ball over.

New England held the ball for 33:10, as they wore down the tough Rams defense with a mix of running the ball and going downfield often with Edelman being the star of the night.

As for the Rams, their offense was just not in sync, partially due to how good the Patriots defense played, throwing various looks at Jared Goff and company.

When the Rams did have their chances, they missed on them, like wide out Brandin Cooks, who had a chance at two touchdown catches, both of which hit his hands, although both of which would have required remarkable efforts.

Goff was off most of the night, and threw a critical pick down 10-3 on a 2nd-and-10 throw from the Patriots’ 27-yard line with a bit more than four minutes remaining, killing the best chance at a touchdown for the Rams.

“We fought through it more than anything,” Brady said. “What an unbelievable year.”

Super Bowl LIII: Three Keys to a Patriots Win and a Final Prediction

The Patriots will look to make history in Super Bowl LIII today, as with a win they will tie the Steelers with six Super Bowl titles – all in the Brady-Belichick era.

They will have to take care of the Los Angeles Rams, a high-powered team with a young coach and young quarterback who want to knock New England off their pedestal.

Here’s three keys as to what the Patriots have to do to win in Super Bowl LIII, and a final prediction for the game.

1. Make the Rams One Dimensional

There’s been plenty of reports (more so since the NFC Title Game) that Rams running back Todd Gurley is not 100 percent, and if that is truly the case, the team will be giving a lot more looks to reborn running back C.J. Anderson, who has played well this postseason.

If the Pats can early on take that running game away from the Rams, it will force Jared Goff to throw often, which will play right in the hands of the Patriots and their looking to get to the quarterback.

If the Rams can run the ball, it will open up play action for Goff, and he’s very good when it comes to throwing the ball downfield to his receivers off play action.

Look for the Pats to try and confuse Goff with different looks, but also look for the Rams to get Anderson and Gurley going early.

2. The Pats Screen Game

There’s no doubt in the two playoff wins thus far the Pats screen game has been as good as it’s been at any point in the last few seasons.

The team will have to use that again today against a fierce Rams pass rush, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see newly crowned two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald to try to get into the backfield and reach Tom Brady early and often, and with that it will open up the Rams pass game.

It was the screen game that got the team going a year ago in the Super Bowl, and look for it to be a huge key again today against the really good Rams defense.

3. Set the Tempo

The Patriots and their fans looked up at the scoreboard last year in Super Bowl LII with 8:48 to play in the second quarter and found themselves down 15-3.

They cannot afford this year to do that against the Rams, who have a much better offense than what the Eagles had a season ago.

New England settled for two field goals on their first two scores, which really hurt the team as they trailed 15-6, when just one score would have made a big difference.

Scoring TD’s and not settling for field goals will be paramount in this game.

Prediction – The Patriots are in a good position in this game, they have plenty of confidence after their win over the Chiefs two weeks ago, and they seem poised and confident to put last year behind them and not allow the Rams to get off early in the game, which is a huge key.

Look for Tom Brady to avoid that pass rush by stepping up often in the pocket, look for a big game for TE Rob Gronkowski, and look for the team to finally escape last year’s demons by scoring touchdowns this time and not settling for field goals.

It should be a fun game, and one that will see the Pats hoisting their 6th Super Bowl Trophy in the end.

New England 34 Los Angeles 26

Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Says He’s Open to an Extension for QB Tom Brady

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady turns 42 in August, and the 2019 season will mark the final year of his contract.

But owner Robert Kraft indicated Wednesday that he wouldn’t have reservations about extending the pact as Brady attempts to achieve his goal of playing until he’s 45, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

“Think about it: The last three years we’ve been privileged to go to the Super Bowl with a quarterback in place. I would be quite surprised if he didn’t continue for quite a while as our quarterback,” Kraft said at Super Bowl LIII after attending commissioner Roger Goodell’s news conference.

An extension for Brady could be a top priority for the club this offseason. The sides have traditionally reached an extension with two years remaining on the deal, which might add a layer of urgency to get it done this offseason.

Brady is scheduled to count $27 million against the salary cap in 2019. That’s a high number that could be reduced, allowing the team more flexibility to sign other players while also giving Brady more money in a signing bonus or guarantees into future years.

“The reality is I don’t think many people thought I’d be playing like this even though I had a great belief I would,” Brady said when asked what it means to have support for playing until he’s 45, which is uncharted territory. “I think RKK [Kraft] has always supported me in my beliefs and thoughts. That’s why we have a great relationship.”

Devin McCourty May Call it a Career if Patriots Win Super Bowl LIII

Rob Gronkowski isn’t the only key member of the Patriots who could retire after the Super Bowl. Speaking to reporters at Super Bowl Opening Night in Atlanta on Monday, veteran defensive back Devin McCourty wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the Super Bowl being the last game of his career, Chris Cotillo of MassLive reports.

“I don’t know for sure, man,” McCourty said. “But I do look at it… if we can win this game, winning with my brother… I don’t know what else I could do that would top that. So I’m just trying to make sure I enjoy this season and enjoy these last couple days with these guys.”

McCourty, 31, has spent all nine seasons of his career with the Patriots since being drafted in the first round back in 2010. He won Super Bowls in 2014 and 2016 before joining forces with his twin brother, Jason, for the 2018 season.