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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Tom Brady’s Netflix Roast Offers Rare Reminder of Robert Kraft Allegations

  • Comedian Jeff Ross made a joke about Kraft’s 2019 charges of soliciting prostitution.
  • Brady didn’t like the joke, and told Ross: ‘Don’t say that s*** again.’ 
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Sunday night’s live roast of Tom Brady on Netflix featured countless digs, from comedians poking fun at Brady’s divorce and losses in cryptocurrency to former players like Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman roasting their former coach Bill Belichick. Brady got some jokes of his own, calling out Bills fans, Ye (formerly known as Kanye West), and the NFL’s investigation into Deflategate.

Brady smiled and took most jokes of the night, but he made it clear that he didn’t like one in particular. Comedian Jeff Ross told the story of Brady as a rookie telling Patriots owner Robert Kraft that he was the “best decision” his organization had ever made, followed by, “Would you like a massage?”

Brady initially smiled, and Ross blew a kiss to Kraft, saying, “I love Robert Kraft, I love—” before he was cut off by the former quarterback.

“Don’t say that s*** again,” Brady told the comedian.

Brady’s sore spot, his most obvious one of the night, came from allegations that Kraft solicited prostitution at a Jupiter, Fla., spa in 2019. His charges were dropped the following year.

Kraft had been arrested, along with at least 25 others, as part of a human trafficking investigation. Kraft himself was not charged with human trafficking, but two counts of solicitation, to which he pleaded not guilty.

It was initially reported that Florida prosecutors had offered Kraft and others a standard pretrial deal for first-time offenders, in which if they admitted they would be proved guilty at trial, they could swap time behind bars with community service, education courses, payments, and STD screenings. Kraft released an apology about hurting and disappointing his loved ones and emphasized his “extraordinary respect for women.”

“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,” read Kraft’s statement.

In the end, Jupiter police were found to have been wrong in installing video cameras in the spa’s massage rooms, leading prosecutors to drop the cases against the men. The case against the manager and owner of the spa continued, and four women changed their plea to guilty.

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