Patriots owner Robert Kraft issues apology for arrest

Robert Kraft issued an apology for his recent arrest.

The New England Patriots owner said Sunday that “the last thing I would ever want to do is disrespect another human being,” and that “I have extraordinary respect for women.”

The 77-year-old Kraft, who was charged with two misdemeanors, was offered a plea deal as a first-time offender. Kraft and more than a dozen other men facing charges in the Orchids of Asia Day Spa sex-for-pay case.

Below is Kraft’s full statement:

In deference to the judicial process, I have remained silent these past several weeks. 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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