Patriots owner Robert Kraft says he’s ‘truly sorry’ after Florida arrest

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in his first public comments about the prostitution-related charges he faces in Florida, said Saturday he is “truly sorry” and regrets having caused pain and disappointment for those around him.

Kraft made his remarks in a written statement issued to media organizations on the eve of the NFL‘s annual league meeting in Phoenix.

“I am truly sorry,” Kraft said. “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.”

Kraft, 77, faces two charges of soliciting a prostitute related to allegations that he twice in January paid female attendants at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Fla., for sex acts. Law enforcement officials have said they have video evidence. Kraft has pleaded not guilty and has a court date scheduled for Thursday.