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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft won’t accept a plea deal being offered by Florida prosecutors, a source told CNN’s Kevin Conlon and Jason Carroll, as relayed by Jake Tapper.

The deal would require Kraft to admit he’d be proven guilty in court for soliciting prostitution at a day spa that’s tied to an international human trafficking ring.

The proposal would also require Kraft to do 100 hours of community service and complete a course about prostitution, among other things.

Kraft’s attorneys filed a joint protective order Wednesday along with the other 24 men being charged in an attempt to prevent the release of investigation evidence including video surveillance footage from inside the day spa.

The Patriots owner has denied any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to the charges, which were revealed in late February.

The 77-year-old Kraft’s arraignment is currently set for March 28.

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Florida prosecutors are offering to drop charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others charged with soliciting prostitution in February, as first reported by Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal. The Palm Beach state attorney confirmed the news later Tuesday, according to ESPN.

However, the proposed agreement would require Kraft to admit he would have been proven guilty during a trial. He’d also need to complete a course about prostitution, put in 100 hours of community service, be screened for sexually transmitted diseases, and pay $5,000 for each of the two counts of solicitation against him.

Legal experts deem the proposed deal to be unusual, Beaton noted, and have questions regarding how Florida police originally obtained search warrants that resulted in the charges.

Kraft is one of 25 men being charged with solicitation, and police say they have video evidence concerning the men involved. According to court documents, the Patriots owner initially pleaded not guilty to the charges and denied participating in any illegal activities.

The 77-year-old Kraft’s arraignment is set for March 28. It remains to be seen whether or not he’ll accept the deal, and he could still face punishment from the NFL regardless.

If he does accept the deal, however, the video evidence would likely be sealed under state law.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was happy to see star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. shipped out of the NFC East.

Jones expressed gratitude toward the Cleveland Browns while discussing the team’s acquisition of Beckham on FOX Sports Saturday night.

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” he said prior to the Errol Spence-Mikey Garcia fight at AT&T Stadium. “I’m so behind the Haslams and what they’re doing there in Cleveland. When you’re in a league, you really want the competition to be there.”

Beckham has caught 35 passes for 477 yards and five touchdowns in seven career games against the Cowboys.

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New York Knicks owner James Dolan has permanently banned a fan from Madison Square Garden who heckled him to “sell the team” following a 102-94 loss to the Sacramento Kings on March 9.

During Tuesday’s edition of “The Michael Kay Show,” Dolan accused the fan of ambushing him in an effort to make a video that could be sold. He later added that there’s video evidence showing the fan moving from one side of the building to the other.

“Until we found out about the whole setup, what I was thinking is that we’d invite him back to the next game, take him back and have him meet the team and see what was going on,” said Dolan, according to the YES Network. “Give him a sense of, you know, ‘Hey, look, you know what? We’re doing very well. You’re reading too much of the Daily News.’ That was what we were thinking of doing.

“But, now that it’s clear that this whole thing was planned, I can’t see letting him back in.”

Dolan vehemently quashed the idea that he should sell the Knicks, who haven’t qualified for the playoffs since 2013 and currently sit last in the Eastern Conference with a 13-54 record.

“What it’s really saying is quit. It’s not saying sell the team, it’s saying quit,” Dolan added. “It’s not just me, I mean, it’s the entire organization. We’ve been working on this team for a long time in this particular iteration. Steve (Mills) and Scott (Perry) and the rest of the coaches and managers and players, we’re putting in 100 percent effort on this team. It’s year round. We haven’t been as successful as we want to be. We think we’re going to be successful. We think we have a pretty good plan. It’s very discouraging to hear somebody say quit.

“First off, I’m not a quitter. I don’t do that. Just for the record, I am not selling the team, and I am not quitting, and neither is Steve and neither is Scott and neither are any of the players. We’re going to keep coming there, we’re going to keep playing, we’re going to keep developing and working and doing what we think.”

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New York Knicks owner James Dolan has not only received the brunt of the blame for his team’s lack of success over the past 19 seasons, but he’s also caused outrage recently for administering a lifetime ban to a fan for yelling at him to “sell the team.”

However, despite the negative perception from fans, Dolan told “The Michael Kay Show” on Tuesday that he doesn’t believe the team will be impacted this summer when they have an opportunity to land multiple marquee free agents.

“New York is the Mecca of basketball,” Dolan said, according to the YES Network. “We hear from people all the time – from players, from representatives – about who wants to come. We can’t respond because of NBA rules, but that doesn’t stop them from telling us. … And I can tell you from what we’ve heard, we’re going to have a very successful offseason when it comes to free agents.”

The Knicks created two max slots when they shipped Kristaps Porzingis and the multi-year deals of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee to the Dallas Mavericks before this year’s trade deadline.

This summer, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, and Klay Thompson could all hit the open market to form the best free-agent class in years.

The last time the Knicks had the chance to score a superstar was 2010, when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh were all free agents. However, they ended up with former All-Star Amare Stoudemire as their lone major acquisition.

New York has had just five All-Star players since 2002, including Porzingis last season. Carmelo Anthony is the only Knick to have received multiple selections during that span, as he was named an All-Star six times during his New York tenure.

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New York Knicks owner James Dolan made headlines over the weekend after threatening to ban a fan who told him to sell the team.

For longtime Knicks icon Charles Oakley, it’s the last straw in a series of controversial actions during Dolan’s 20-year tenure.

“The commissioner needs to step in and do something, suspend him, something,” Oakley told The Athletic’s Frank Isola on Monday. “He can’t keep getting away with it.”

Oakley has been very outspoken against the New York native. He sued Dolan after he was thrown out of Madison Square Garden and arrested during a game in February 2017. Dolan claimed he was being taunted by Oakley and ordered security to escort him out of the arena.

“He just bullies people because he has money and power,” Oakley told The Associated Press.

The Knicks are dead last in the NBA with a 13-54 record and have won one playoff series since 2000.

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Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss slammed reports suggesting the club was prepared to package its “entire roster” for a “certain player,” according to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck.

At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Saturday, Buss called the trade reports “fake news” and noted the consequences.

“There’s damage done to team chemistry when players have to read about (trade rumors),” Buss said. “It seems like there’s more stuff out there with no sources. I’d like to see more responsibility.”

Before the trade deadline, the Lakers reportedly offered Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, Michael Beasley, and two first-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for superstar Anthony Davis and Solomon Hill.