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HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 01: Robert Kraft, owner and CEO of the New England Patriots, attends NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's press conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – FEBRUARY 01: Robert Kraft, owner and CEO of the New England Patriots, attends NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

From the NFL Newswire at 985TheSportsHub.com

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has broken his silence on the prostitution allegations brought against him in February. He apologized for disappointing his many supporters and expressed hope to restore his reputation as part of his statement released on Saturday. The statement also referenced his late wife Myra, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2011 at age 68.

“I am truly sorry. I know I have disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others who rightfully hold us to a higher standard,” the statement reads in part. “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 soul were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, who I was blessed to have as a partner for 50 years.”

The full statement is below, via Adam Schefter:

Kraft did not directly address his case, instead deferring to comments by his attorney on Friday. He is facing charges of soliciting another to commit prostitution stemming from two alleged visits to the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Fla.

The Patriots owner is expected to attend the NFL’s annual league meeting, which takes place Sunday-Thursday in Phoenix. However he is not expected to speak to reporters, per Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald. His court date is set for the following Friday.

“As I move forward, I hope to continue to use this platform with which I have been blessed to help others and make a difference,” the statement concludes. “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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