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Patriots owner Kraft Palm Beach arraignment March 28th

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The solicitation of prostitution case involving New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft now has a new court date. This after Palm Beach County Court made public the notice to appear that shows Kraft has been summoned to be in court on Thursday March 28th, at 9 am.

There had been some debate earlier in the day with the wording of the notice of hearing having in bold letters, “THE DEFENDANT MUST BE PRESENT AT THIS HEARING” that Kraft would have to be present in the courtroom on that day.

However WBZ-TV in Boston spoke to Kraft’s attorney, Jack Goldberger, Thursday morning, who told them that it’s a routine procedural hearing and that Kraft’s presence is actually not required:

Kraft is in the middle of yet another Patriots controversy after being charged in February with two counts of soliciting prostitution at the “Orchids of Asia” massage parlor in a Jupiter strip mall from January.

The Jupiter Police Department along with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement had a wide-ranging joint effort to Crackdown on prostitution and sex trafficking at several locations going on in South Florida.

They were able to obtain a warrant to do video surveillance inside the Jupiter massage parlor, where Kraft is reportedly to have visited on two occasions back-to-back days. Saturday, January 19th, was the first day authorities allege Kraft had two different women perform oral sex acts on him before paying and leaving.

And, then he returned on Sunday the 20th and had another session with a single woman, who also allegedly performed an oral sex act on him and again, he paid her and left.

If that second date sounds familiar, it’s because the New England Patriots were playing the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City later that evening. New England won that game and their sixth Super Bowl title two weeks later in Atlanta.

Palm Beach State attorney David Aronberg confirmed that the date in question is correct to reporters last month. And that, in addition to the video surveillance, an undercover Jupiter police detective verified Kraft’s presence in the massage parlor by witnessing him exit it into his waiting automobile and verifying him through his license tag.

As we reported in February, the Jupiter police got a warrant to install the video surveillance in the massage parlor on January 15th and surveilled it for five days from January 18th through the 22nd. Aronberg further detailed then, that there were warrants issued for 25 different individuals, who had either already been arrested or they were actively seeking their arrest.

Kraft’s spokesperson vehemently denied the charges in a statement at the time and there has been no further comment from the 77 year-old longtime owner of the Patriots. Kraft’s net worth with his other business interests and the ownership of the Patirots and Gillette Stadium is valued at over $6 Billion.

The NFL released a statement saying that they are monitoring the events surround the arrest warrant and the charges against Kraft. He is subject to league discipline under the personal conduct policy.

As we have previously detailed, the league suspended Colts owner Jim Irsay for 6 games and fined him $500,00 dollars in 2014 after he pled guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and prescription drug charges.


QB Murray out again for XFL Vipers home opener

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For the second consecutive week, the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL will have to go with backup quarterbacks in place of the injured, Aaron Murray.

As the Vipers get set to take on Houston in their inaugural home game Saturday afternoon, the XFL made official that Murray will miss his second game due to his lingering foot injury suffered in week one.

Murray has been unable to practice the last two weeks and that means,Tampa Bay will likely turn to Taylor Cornelius for the second straight week to start in his place. Cornelius was shaky a week ago in Seattle completing only 16 – 27 for 154 yards and two INTs, as the Vipers fell to  0- 2 with an 17-9 defeat to the Dragons.

Tampa Bay has yet to score an offensive touchdown in either of its first two games, and the Vipers may look to play former USF quarterback Quinton Flowers more (above) in this one Saturday. While not a traditional pocket passer, but more of a dual-threat, exceptional runner, Flowers has played sparingly in the Vipers first two games.

A week ago in Seattle, Flowers was just 3 – 7 for 43 yards in the air with a “pick six” as a Seattle defender leaped in the air and intercepted his pass at the Vipers one yard line and fell in the endzone.

Flowers also ran 5 times for 15 yards in the loss. He is obviously a fan favorite in the Tampa area having starred at USF in 2016-17.

If there is such a thing as a “hot seat” after only two games in the rebirth of the XFL, Tampa Bay coach Marc Trestman is clearly on it, as offense is supposed to be his forte’. Yet, the Vipers have not been able to sustain much of anything in their two losses to New York and Seattle scoring a total of 12 points.

Saturday’s home opener at Raymond James Stadium will be the first Spring football professional game in the Tampa Bay Area since the final season of the USFL and Steve Spurrier’s Tampa Bay Bandits played at the old Tampa Stadium in 1985.

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Report- new 17th game for NFL teams will all be International

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More details are coming out on the new proposed collective bargaining agreement for the NFL and its players. And, a report Friday says that the 17 game in the regular season schedule will be a neutral field, international games for every team.

NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported Friday morning that for fairness and schedule balance, the extra game will favor neither team:

As it stands right now, the NFL is committed to play at least four games in London each year for its “International Series.” They have done this in each of the last two years. The league is also committed to playing in Mexico City, where are the Chiefs and the Chargers played a Monday Night Football game a year ago.

The NFL has also previously played Buffalo Bills home games in Toronto during the regular season in the last decade.

While Garafolo didn’t get specific details, it appears that the NFL will now play 16 games involving the 32 teams on the international neutral fields.

Of course, as it relates to our state, the Jaguars already have an annual series where they play home games in London. Further, owner Shahid Khan just announced earlier this month that they will be adding a second home game off their Jacksonville schedule in London starting this fall.

That was meant by considerable outrage by the Jaguars fan base, as it takes a second game off of their season ticket.

The Buccaneers just play division rival Carolina at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium a year ago (above), and the Dolphins last played in London against the Saints in the 2017 season.

It had been rumored that the NFL was looking to play as many as eight games in London annually, as soon as possible. It will be easy to see that the NFL varies up the combination and rotation of games between the U.K., Mexico and potentially again, in Canada to help accommodate the 16 total new games being added to the schedule.

When the CBA is ratified, it will be the first time the NFL increases its regular season since the league went from 14 to 16 regular season games in 1978. While this is not expected to go into effect for the 2020 schedule, it is believed that the 17 game schedule with each franchise playing an international game could come into play as soon as 2021.

As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, the league will now have an extra postseason team make the playoffs from each conference. And, that means there will be three NFC and three AFC Wildcard playoff games on the first weekend each January. That could happen as soon as this season, depending on ratification of the new deal.

Under this scenario, only the top-seeded team in each conference would receive a bye the first week and there would be three Wild Card teams pitted against the three division winners. It’s also unclear if the NFL will change the format of allowing division winners, regardless of record, to be able to host play off games. There has been considerable complaining from fans, media and teams about division winners sometimes having 2-3 or sometimes more fewer wins than the Widcard team that they are hosting.

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