No one from Patriots Inc. left me a voicemail, but then I’m a Buffalo Bills fan.
If they had, here’s what I’d tell them Robert Kraft — the NFL owner charged with some embarrassing activities with women in a Jupiter, FL day spa — should have said already:
“Yes, this is exactly as it looks. I’m an idiot. I don’t know what I was thinking.
“I apologize to my family, to the memory of my beloved wife, to the Patriots organization, players, coaches and fans. I apologize to my fellow NFL owners and ask for their understanding and forgiveness. I have not lived up to the organizational standards — team or league — we insist upon. I also apologize to the women I took advantage of.
“To that end, I will take a four-month leave of absence from the team, turning over day-to-day control of the team to my son. I will use this time to get back in touch with my values, with the people who care about me and I will atone for my serious breaches of judgment.
“Hubris is not new to the human condition, and I seem to have experienced it in multiples of 10. Nor are arrogance, pride and the power of money attractive attributes.
“I was wrong. I take full responsibility for my actions and I plan to accept whatever penalties come my way without appeal or denial.
“No one is too old to learn new lessons and I intend to start acting better based on my own learnings.
“Thank you. I pledge to those who care about me that a new man will emerge from this experience and for the duration of my life, I will return to being the person I want to be.
“In our Judaeo Christian tradition: ‘For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.’ ”