Monday's NFL: Customers in Kraft case sue authorities

Terry Spencer
Associated Press
Lawyers for Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, argue that installing cameras in legal massage parlors violates state law.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex.

The lawsuit by 31 John and Jane Does alleges that Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, the Jupiter Police Department and the case’s lead detective violated their rights to privacy when they were videotaped in January receiving massages at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa.

The lawsuit was originally filed Friday with 17 accusers. It alleges that Jupiter police unlawfully obtained the warrants allowing them to install cameras. None of the 31 has been charged with a crime, according to the lawsuit.

It seeks unspecified monetary and punitive damages and to have the video recordings blocked from public release and ultimately destroyed.

“It is horrific when you think about the scenario,” said Joseph Tacopina, a New York attorney who filed the suit.

“It is akin to going to a bathroom. You are in a state of undress and you are being surreptitiously recorded and that recording is now subject to disclosure and being disseminated around the internet.

It is an abomination of any form of privacy rights and constitutional rights.”

The state attorney’s office declined comment. Jupiter police did not immediately respond to phone and email requests seeking comment.

Nashville set for draft

Country music star Tim McGraw watched as Philadelphia hosted the NFL draft in 2017 with more than 250,000 people on hand and immediately had a vision of how to make the three-day event even better.

Bring it to Nashville and add the Music City touch.

“My first thought was, ‘Man I’d love to be down there and do a big concert right in the middle of Broadway down there with the stadium as a backdrop for the weekend of the draft,’” McGraw said.

“I just thought it was something very special and I wanted to be involved with it. And I wanted to get it here.”

McGraw will cap Friday night performing on the draft stage across the Cumberland River from Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.

Packers GM confident

Having signed four potential starters in free agency, the Packers enter this week’s draft looking to add the missing ingredients to a team that has missed the playoffs the last two seasons.

“With some of the things that we’ve done, I think where our team sits today, I’m not super concerned about, ‘Hey, we absolutely have to do this or absolutely have to do that,’” general manager Brian Gutekunst said at a news conference Monday.

“We can sit back, see where the draft board is strong, try to get there and then take the best players available.”

The Packers hold the 12th selection in Thursday’s first round. They haven’t had such an early pick since drafting defensive tackle B.J. Raji at No. 9 in 2009.

Leading to the draft, Gutekunst added outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner.

Extra points

Safety J.J. Wilcox, who started 35 games in four seasons with the Cowboys, has signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.

Wilcox, from Georgia Southern, was a third-round pick by Dallas in 2013.

... Offensive lineman Evan Boehm has signed a one-year tender to play for the Colts next season.

Boehm, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound interior lineman, made four starts with Indianapolis last season.