Robert Kraft's anonymity at NFL owners' meetings speaks to how case has been buried

Alex Reimer
May 22, 2019 - 2:59 pm

Robert Kraft’s legal case for allegedly soliciting prostitution is still ongoing, but his presence at this week’s NFL owners’ meetings was hardly newsworthy. His relative anonymity speaks to just how quickly our news cycle moves on, especially if the charges aren't all that serious in the first place.

Much like the March meetings, Kraft didn’t address the media in Key Biscayne, Fla. But he didn’t necessarily keep a low profile, hobnobbing Tuesday at the cocktail reception with Art Rooney, John Mara and commissioner Roger Goodell, per the Globe's Ben Volin

Goodell spoke with the media Wednesday morning, and only took one question on Kraft. The commish was non-committal, saying the league will gather its own facts on the case. 

A judge agreed this week to pause the case until the prosecutors’ appeal on the suppressed video evidence is settled, signaling authorities know they have no case without the tapes of Kraft inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa. Kraft attorney Alex Spiro said this week law enforcement “waved the white flag.”

Ever since the salacious headlines when charges were first announced, which tied Kraft to the alleged human trafficking ring along Florida’s Treasure Coast, the story has been drowned in minutia and court proceedings. It’s not surprising the public has seemingly lost interest, given prosecutors admitted in court no human trafficking charges will be filed. 

It’s likely Kraft will still face some sort of league discipline. But the notion he will face Goodell’s draconian wrath now appears far-fetched. Time heals all wounds, or in this case, muddies the waters.