If there is one NFL franchise in desperate need of crisis management, it is definitely the reigning Super Bowl champions.
The New England Patriots are clearly the most celebrated professional football team in America. Since the 1996-97 NFL season, the Patriots have contended for a Super Bowl 11 times. Six of those 11 trips to a World Championship have resulted in wins.
The dynamic coach/player duo of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady has worked wonders for the Massachusetts-based ball club. Patriots owner Robert Kraft took over the team in the 1990s. He handpicked the six-time champion-winning Brady himself in the 2000 NFL Draft.
However, the holy football trinity of Kraft, Belichick, and Brady has not come to fruition without controversy. Game-related cheating scandals like “Spygate” and “Deflategate” have dogged the team over the course of two important seasons.
But the Patriots’ evil empire antics do not stop at the unethical things they have been accused of on the field. There have been a number of completely illegal things that different members of this organization have been criminally charged with.
According to Mass Live, over twenty Patriots players have been arrested for different crimes since 2000. These charges were related to assaults, illegal drug indictments, and even first-degree murder.
Aaron Hernandez, the former Super Bowl-winning tight end the Patriots drafted in 2010 received a life sentence for murder in 2015. In 2017, Hernandez’s murder conviction was vacated after he committed suicide during the process of appealing his conviction.
2019 started off really embarrassing for the Pats directly after the team won Super Bowl 53. But this time, a player was not the one getting arrested. It was Kraft, the team’s owner.
The 78-year-old billionaire was charged in Florida this past February with attempting the solicitation of prostitution. This was also the state where the late Jeff Epstein (a wealthy convicted sex offender) was awaiting trial on charges he ran a prostitution ring.
Though Kraft’s money and powerful team of Jewish lawyers got him a slap on the wrist for his disgusting accusations, the Patriots were exposed as a socially degenerate ball club from the top down.
When the man above the suits in the front office is getting collared for despicable acts, it blatantly tells the NFL purists that the league has lost its way. It also shows that in New England, there is a culture of criminality that gets swept under the rug for obvious reasons.
The latest incident where a Patriots organizational member got criminally indicted involves Super Bowl-winning safety Patrick Chung (pictured). According to The Bleacher Report, Chung was indicted August 8 by a Belknap County Grand Jury on cocaine charges.
Though its unfortunate, Americans always forgive bad actors when they do one thing consistently: Win. However, how long do people love a winner infatuated with illicitly-made money and immoral sex tinged with violence?
I guess forever will be the answer to that question. All those aforementioned ills are as American as apple pie; just like professional football on a fall Sunday afternoon.