This is an editorial, and in no way reflects the views and opinions of Arrowhead Guys or its’ contributors. I’m just spitting out my ideas …
Once again, the punishments of the poor are not reflected on the wealthy elite. While the Law refuses to put the squeeze on billionaire Robert Kraft for what looks — for all intents and purposes — like patronage to a human trafficking ring, there are countless other men and women doing time behind bars for offenses far less callous.
It may be hard to swallow, but this is the world we live in today.
However, I refuse to let this continuation of typical American justice piss me off. If I allow it to go to my head like most people, I’ll end up shafting an audience that deserves to hear the facts. The simple fact is — he should not be getting off.
The situation, in case you weren’t aware, is that Robert Kraft — owner of the New England Patriots — decided to thrust himself into a predicament with an establishment in South Florida that has been allegedly connected to a human trafficking ring … and was allegedly caught on video that has yet to be forcibly released.
Now, according to the Palm Beach prosecuting attorney, a plea deal has been offered to throw the owner a bone. This same offer was presented to twenty-four of the other men entangled in this sticky situation.
My first question is this: what is a plea bargain? From what I understand (Mr. Seth Keysor would have the real answer), you can plea down for nothing besides the fact you were a “first time offender.” That makes sense if your crime is, oh I dunno, reckless driving, petty theft, maybe some excessive jaywalking. Participation in alleged human trafficking seems to penetrate a bit farther into the “deviant” realm than just being a normal run-of-the-mill whack job.
My personal issue is that we haven’t seen confirmation of the trafficking. We have a fist-full of reports that seem to insinuate strongly that this was the case. But, if Kraft is allowed to beat off these charges, what happens if we find out trafficking was indeed involved at this establishment? You can’t charge him again (Double jeopardy, but again, consult with our not-so-local Football Lawyer).
Kraft is a scumbag. Whether he only cheated on his girlfriend by purchasing tug jobs, or he willingly participated in some of the most horrible things you can subject a human being to, he simply isn’t a good person. The entire Patriots organization should realize the climax of their organization is over (though they won’t, because … well, dumbass Dave Portnoy).
Yes, I know we in Kansas City are dealing with our own “innocent until proven guilty” issues at the moment, but there’s a difference. Video — the medium that typically gets players suspended for long periods of time, sometimes indefinitely — has been recorded of Kraft’s crimes.
The question now is — will the League treat him accordingly?