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Patriots owner Robert Kraft 'not the biggest name' involved in Florida prostitution sting, ESPN reporter says

It's only going to get worse

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was arrested Friday and charged with soliciting a prostitute at a spa in Jupiter, Florida. Authorities say the arrest was the culmination of an extensive investigation seeking to dismantle a sex-trafficking operation in South Florida.

But an ESPN reporter said later Friday that Kraft — who is one of the most prominent names in sports — is not the biggest name involved in the prostitution ring.

What are the details?

ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter reported on "SportsCenter" the story is going to "heat up and get a lot worse."

"There are people down there in that area I'm told who say this story is going to heat up and get a lot worse. I don't mean involving Robert Kraft, I'm talking about with all the human trafficking that has gone on down there," Schefter said. "I'm also told that Robert Kraft is not the biggest name involved down there in South Florida, and we will see what police turn up in the report."

Schefter later explained that up to 200 individuals could be implicated in the sting.

"We got 25 names today, there are 175 more names coming. Now some will just be regular people whose names we don't know. But there could be other names that we do know, and that's how it was explained to me," he said.

"I was speaking and texting with someone who lives down there, and they told me it's going to get a lot worse down there, that there will be other people involved, that everyone down there is very nervous right now, that there are people being arrested that are prominent members of society down there," Schefter explained.

However, Schefter was clear to emphasize that there is no evidence suggesting Kraft is involved with the human trafficking aspects of the investigation. The Patriots owner was only charged with solicitation.

A spokesman for Kraft said Friday, "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further."

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