The attorney of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is firing back against law-enforcement officials in South Florida.
William Burck, who represents Kraft, issued a statement to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday evening. Kraft is facing misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla., but he has pleaded not guilty.
"There was no human trafficking and law enforcement knows it," Burck told Schefter, who posted the quote on his Twitter account. "The video and the traffic stop were illegal and law enforcement just doesn't want to admit it.
"The state attorney needs to step up and do the right thing and investigate how the evidence in this case was obtained."
Kraft and 24 other men accused in the case were offered the opportunity to have their charges dropped if they performed 100 hours of community service, took a class on the dangers of prostitution, were tested for sexually transmitted diseases and paid a fine, according to the New York Times.
Instead, Kraft is prepared to fight the charges.
William Snyder, the sheriff of Martin County, Fla., said he expected surveillance video of Kraft's alleged illegal activities to be released before long.
"I do think ultimately they are probably going to get released," Snyder said during an interview with CNBC.
In a statement released Saturday, Kraft said he was truly sorry.
“In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks," he said. "To correct some of the misinformation surrounding this matter, my attorney made his first public comments on Friday night. I would like to use this opportunity to say something that I have wanted to say for four weeks.
“I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.
“Throughout my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women; my morals and my soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as my partner for 50 years.
“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use the platform with which I have been blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your confidence and respect.”
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