New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has had one roller coaster of a 2019.
In the first week of February, he celebrated the Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl championship under his ownership. Then, later that month, he was charged with soliciting prostitution for based on alleged actions at a south Florida massage parlor. This was followed by a legal battle over the potential release of a lewd video said to depict the receipt of the illicit actions via a “masseuse.”
Now, in perhaps the most remarkable turn of events yet, Robert Kraft has been awarded the Genesis Prize, a prestigious $1 million award meant to “[celebrate] Jewish talent and achievement by honoring individuals for their professional accomplishments, commitment to Jewish values, and contribution to improving the world.”
Robert Kraft wins prestigious Genesis Prize in Israel https://t.co/ypmTAH1MTD— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 20, 2019
Kraft, long known as a supporter of Israel and various Jewish causes, may very well be a deserving recipient of this award given his very public work fighting anti-Semitism. But, I mean… TIMING??
The Genesis Prize judging panel couldn’t figure out that this year, of all years, wasn’t the time to give a million-dollar award to Bob Kraft? Come on. It hasn’t even been a month since we were all talking about the potential public release of a video of the 78-year-old allegedly partaking in acts of a sexual nature with a masseuse, and now he’s receiving a prestigious award meant to celebrate his pro-Israel and pro-Jewish stances?
“It looks very likely that Kraft will defeat the charges and… his life will go on as normal. For the sex workers, who have lost their jobs, their homes, and their reputations, that couldn’t be further from the truth.” https://t.co/fNL9YnMLwI— Dr Kathleen Bachynski (@bachyns) June 20, 2019
Yeah, not a great look. But we get the world we deserve, don’t we?