The New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, broke his silence for the first time since he was accused of two minor crimes to urge another to commit prostitution in Florida.
"I'm really sorry," Kraft said in a statement. "I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my closest friends, my work colleagues, our fans and many others who have legitimately kept me at a higher level."
Kraft, the billionaire business man whose Patriots won the Super Bowl last month and who is one of the most powerful figures in American sports, said he had been silent about the accusations "in deference to the judicial process ".
"In the course of my life, I have always tried to do the right thing. The last thing I want to do is disrespect another human being. I have extraordinary respect for women, my morals and my soul they were shaped by the most wonderful woman, the love of my life, which I was lucky enough to have as my partner for 50 years, "Kraft said in the statement.
"Going forward, I hope to continue using the platform with which I was blessed to help others and to try to make a difference. I expect to be judged not by my words, but by my actions. And through those actions, I hope to regain your trust and respect ".