LAMM AT LARGE: Should NFL go easy on Bob Kraft?

LAMM AT LARGE: Should NFL go easy on Bob Kraft?

By: David Lamm

Morals have changed drastically in my lifetime. That’s good or bad, depending upon your point of view.

Premarital sex is no longer taboo. Hell, it’s not even something talked about. As many people under 40 live together out of wedlock as get married. Unwed motherhood is no big thing. It’s often celebrated.

I raise this issue because of the developing Robert Kraft story.

Many are acting shocked or disgusted because the 77-year-old widower and owner of the NFL Patriots may or may not have used a Jupiter, FL spa to get sexual favors in exchange for money. Jupiter police say they have video; Kraft denies the charges.

What we’re talking about is prostitution. Is prostitution really all that different than buying a woman an expensive dinner, a few drinks and then having sex between two consenting adults? Or having a hot, young woman “romantically involved with an elderly rich man?

Yes, prostitution is against the law. So is crossing the border illegally. Some crimes are ignored. The NFL should, maybe, give Kraft a slap on the wrist. What good is suspending an owner?

The police sting was put on to catch a sex trafficking ring. That’s a totally different story.

But who believes Kraft and dozens of other men of means were involved in that?

There’s an old saying about you can sell some of the people anything. I forget the exact words. I think of that saying every year when the NFL Scouting Combine rolls around.

Some of the NFL Network’s biggest ratings come during the Combine. There’s no contest; there’s nothing that goes on resembling football. There are no helmets, no shoulder pads – just guys running and jumping around in t-shirts and gym shorts.

Yet millions of viewers are glued to their TV sets. How fast did he run the 40? How high is his vertical? Is he 5-10 or 6-feet? It’s been proven the numbers are a good guideline, but far from any assurance of success.

Most NFL teams already have the numbers on the athletes. If not, they’ll get them at the individual pro days on the various campuses.

The Combine does serve a purpose. The medical exams often reveal unknown physical issues and drug use. The individual interviews are useful, too. They aren’t televised.

To non and even casual football fans, it seems nuts anyone would watch. But the draw of the NFL, I guess, is that strong.