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Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft during Opening Night for Super Bowl LIII at State Farm Arena. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft during Opening Night for Super Bowl LIII at State Farm Arena. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Robert Kraft appears to be on his way to a win in court. And if a couple of NFL executives’ predictions come true, he won’t be in trouble with the league either.

Albert Breer of The MMQB has been asking around at the league’s spring meeting in Florida this week. He gets the sense that other execs around the NFL would be surprised if commissioner Roger Goodell hit the Patriots owner with a suspension over his solicitation case stemming from alleged illegal activity at the Orchids of Asia day spa in Jupiter.

Kraft’s legal team has successfully had video evidence suppressed in the case and made inadmissible in court. It’s likely that prosecutors no longer have a strong-enough case against him without it. So if Kraft is to avoid legal discipline, it’s likely he avoids NFL discipline as well.

One NFC exec told Breer, on whether Kraft will be suspended: “No, nor should he be.” Another said he’d be “pretty surprised” if Kraft got suspended. Goodell has said multiple times that he will wait for the legal process to play out before even commenting on any sort of potential discipline.

It seems like other owners across the league don’t want to set this kind of precedent. Would they want to be suspended over a case that they won in court, and actions that they were never necessarily proven to have done? This isn’t to say that Kraft did nothing at all – but it typically takes more than a personal opinion that he broke the law in order for the league to hit him with extra discipline.

Sounds like Kraft will indeed be in attendance for the Patriots’ 2019 season opener at Gillette Stadium, where they will raise their sixth Super Bowl banner.

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