New England Patriots

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)

By Matt McCarthy, 985TheSportsHub.com

In what appears to be a major victory for Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a judge in Florida has granted a request by Kraft’s legal team to suppress video evidence in the solicitation of prostitution case against him.

The video of Kraft’s alleged January visits to the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter, Florida has been a major point of contention between prosecutors and the defense team. The Monday ruling is subject to an appeal, but likely represents significant blow to the state’s case.

The news was first reported by T.J. Quinn of ESPN.

According to Quinn, the ruling means Kraft’s attorneys could now push for the case against him to be dismissed.

Kraft pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution in March. He is one of 25 men facing charges in connection with an investigation into illegal sexual activity at the massage parlor.

According to court documents, the judge ruled the video evidence in the case was obtained illegally.

Through a spokesperson, Kraft “categorically” denied engaging in any illegal activity. In a statement released in March, Kraft also issued an apology to his family, friends, co-workers and fans of the Patriots.

“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,” Kraft’s statement read 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.”