Why Hasn't Robert Kraft Cut a Deal?

April 18, 2019 - 1:16 pm

BOSTON (WEEI) -- Wednesday was an eventful day in the Robert Kraft case. Prosecutors said in court papers they were obligated under Florida law to provide surveillance footage to the public of Kraft allegedly paying for sex acts inside a Jupiter, Fla., day spa. But Kraft's legal team fought back and filed a motion to block the release of the video until there's a hearing.

ESPN's T.J. Quinn, who has been on the case from the beginning, joined "Mut & Callahan" on Thursday to discuss the case.

At the beginning it seemed like Kraft's play was to leverage himself for a plea deal, but now it seems he's all in.

"At first it sounded like it's a strategy, of course they are going to say that, you're not going to say publicly, 'Yeah, we'll give in as soon as it makes sense.' All their actions so far have been reflective of the idea that Kraft is going to spend any amount of money it takes to fight this," Quinn said. "He has hired a very prestigious, powerful New York law firm to back him up. I can't imagine the hours he's been billed so far just to do this.

"Like you saw (Wednesday), when the prosecutors filed an intent to release that video, they scrambled and had two motions to intervene filed very quickly. You could tell they were scrambling because there were typos you don't see in other (court filings), but they were so desperate to get those filed and try and stop it from happening."

Quinn also noted there are some people in Kraft's circle who are surprised he's gone to these lengths.

"There are people around him who have said to me they can't believe he doesn't just take this plea agreement, this diversion agreement that they offered and say, 'OK, fine, I did this. I am sorry.' And then move on with it," he said. "They are pretty amazed that he's going to continue to fight it like this."

By Ryan Hannable