SI's Michael McCann on OMF: Robert Kraft prostitution case likely gets resolved in plea deal

Ryan Hannable
March 19, 2019 - 5:16 pm
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On Tuesday, it was reported Robert Kraft and the other men charged with soliciting prostitution have been offered a deal to have the charges dropped by Florida prosecutors. This would happen if the men were to admit they would be found guilty at a trial.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria, SI's legal expert Michael McCann predicted the case eventually gets resolved in a plea deal, but likely not this one.

“He’s hired this very potent legal team that you would think would not urge him to sign a deal the first time it is offered," McCann said. "They would encourage him to play it out a bit more in that we don’t know if the evidence was lawfully assembled. There are all sorts of possibilities. Was it technically solicitation? I could see his defense trying a number of arguments.

“At the end of the day, I do think this does get resolved in a plea deal, whether it’s a deferred prosecution agreement or a more traditional plea deal. But, it might take a little bit longer to play out. I don’t know if he’s going to accept the first offer. On the other hand, the benefit to that would be closure. I am sure he would like to get this behind him and face whatever consequence he will get from [Roger] Goodell.”

With that being said, McCann notes a plea deal would require him admitting to doing something wrong.

“If he does a plea deal, he’s going to have to admit to, or at least not contest, to some type of wrongful conduct," he said. "And here, he might say, ‘I am not saying I did it. I am just saying if I went to trial I would be convicted.’ There’s a slight nuance there that might give him some reason to think it is not a complete admission. It is similar. If he strikes a deal with prosecutors, he’s going to have to come up with something where he acknowledges responsibility one way or another.

"Whether it is through this, which is a deferred prosecution agreement, whether it is through pre-trial diversion, which is similar in that he would agree to cooperate and acknowledge responsibility, and then it would be dropped at the end. If he is going to do a deal with the government, he’s going to have to give them something, it’s not going to be simply walk away and pay a fine. He’s going to have to acknowledge some responsibility, and of course that means he could be suspended by the NFL, or face some other type of sanction.”

There's been no indication at this time with what Kraft will do following this deal from the prosecution.

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