NFL issues statement on Kraft: 'Our Personal Conduct Policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL'

John Tomase
February 25, 2019 - 10:22 am

The NFL has released a follow-up statement on Robert Kraft that suggests the Patriots owner won't be treated differently than anyone else under the league's personal conduct policy, but not until all the facts are known.

The statement, per the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:

"Our Personal Conduct Policy applies equally to everyone in the NFL. We will handle this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the Policy. We are seeking a full understanding of the facts, while ensuring that we do not interfere with an ongoing law enforcement investigation. We will take appropriate action as warranted based on the facts."

Based on past owner punishments -- Jerry Richardson received a $2.75 million fine and eventually sold the Panthers after multiple allegations of workplace harassment, while Colts owner Jim Irsay was suspended for six games and fined $500,000 after 2014 drug charges -- Kraft is probably looking at a fine and suspension, unless he is completely exonerated.

Also, as a means of comparison, it took the NFL six months to announce Irsay's punishment after his arrest.

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