The second big name of the Jupiter, FL prostitution-human trafficking scandal has been released.
Web.com Tour veteran Johnny DelPrete was reportedly charged and released on a $2,500 bond this weekend.
The Net Gets Bigger
So far, it is believed that roughly two dozen individuals have been charged in the Jupiter sting operation.
The most famous name thus far is Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots.
Immediately after his name was made public, Kraft’s attorneys denied any involvement by the NFL owner at all.
Now, former pro golfer DelPrete has been named in the investigation. And according to numerous outlets, there are more big names to come.
“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,” said Adam Schefter, who reports on the NFL for ESPN. “I’m also told that Robert Kraft is NOT the biggest name involved down there in South Florida.”
In all, police expect to charge more than 200 people for either human trafficking or solicitation of prostitution.
For DelPrete, this could mean an end of both his relationship and his business.
While he no longer plays on tour, he does caddy sometimes for his LPGA star girlfriend, Jessica Korda. (Surely, she will not take this news very well.)
For Kraft, this could be a much bigger problem.
The NFL has been coming down hard on players who hurt the image of the “shield.”
To this point, Goodell, the NFL commissioner, has been eerily silent. And in all likelihood, the NFL will not do anything to Kraft until legal proceedings have been completed.
Then, if Kraft is in fact found guilty, most believe Goodell will have no choice but to heavily fine and possibly even suspend Kraft.
But is Kraft the only person associated with the NFL who will be implicated? Only time will tell.