Orchids of Asia Day Spa is currently a hotspot for selfies and a Patriots fan meet up. That’s where Robert Kraft is accused to have paid for sex acts. pic.twitter.com/7PnvX2x5NC
— Olivia Hitchcock (@ohitchcock) February 22, 2019
This was the lead story on all the local Boston news stations last night, of course. There is a category of Patriots fans for whom — or so the media informs me — Bob Kraft is A GAWD, and the fans hanging around the Patriots stadium mall were universal in their conviction that Kraft could specify his choice of age, race, gender, hotness, experience level, and probably blood type for a sexual partner, and have someone delivered to his residence within thirty minutes. (Also, he gives so much to the community. Why does nobody wanna talk about his massive charity efforts, just because of some misdemeanor that happened all the way down in Florida?)
They slept on the massage tables, cooked on the back steps, got no breaks. 1500 men a year per woman. All the best men, no doubt. https://t.co/TSyndM1qpT
— Elizabeth de la Vega (@Delavegalaw) February 23, 2019
Chris Thompson, reporting for sports website Deadspin:
It’s hard to imagine anyone driving to Orchids of Asia for a massage, let alone being driven there in a luxury automobile from a luxury home in a ritzy town 30 minutes away. It’s a drab, faded, unimpressive-looking place, with sun-bleached signage, in a shopping center that offers no obvious lure for the Rolls Royce set. You don’t happen upon it…
But a parking lot doesn’t need to be full of deep-tissue clients in order to be full; it just needs people who want what’s being sold inside. And on Friday afternoon, shortly after the Bob Kraft news broke, it’s full of people seeking, more than anything else, a memorable photograph…
The conversation on the shaded sidewalk in front of Orchids is all about Bob Kraft. A local reporter grabs anyone passing by for a quote or perspective. She tells me people have been trickling by for selfies and Instagram videos since the morning, before Kraft’s name was even in it, but that the crowd has grown noticeably since the morning press conference. An NBC Boston reporter grabs a grandmotherly woman with a heavy New England accent, who tells her she’s here on vacation and is inclined to give Kraft the benefit of the doubt, because he’s “a good man” who has done so much for Boston and for “the National Football League.” A photographer coaxes a triumphant barefoot man in a Giants t-shirt into shouting “Go New York Post” for a brief cell phone video. A beaming elderly fellow is saying “Perverted Patriots!” over and over again, because, he explains, soon the phrase is going to be “a thing.”…
… A woman in large sunglasses who came along for the show nevertheless calls her teenage daughter away from the Orchids doorway, cautioning that she doesn’t want her “in all that.” A business owner, leaning on a nearby column, gossips with the mom, telling her that police canvassed Jupiter Square and advised all the owners and staff on how to avoid saying anything to assembled media. He tells her his wife is crying. Immediately I wonder if she’s a Patriots fan—it’s whole seconds before I remember that there’s something to care about here beyond the illicit sexual predilections of a billionaire. Everything here is Kraft…
Which, y’know, somehow leads me to the impression that ol’ Bob could have been more discriminating in his choices, but he just didn’t wanna. Just like his buddy Donald Trump could hire legal workers for his various businesses — but the undocumented workers he scams are somehow more convenient.
I’m open to the argument that the ‘massage girls’ at Orchids of Asia Day Spa are not necessarily worse off than the housekeepers ironing Trump’s undies at Mar-A-Largo… and yet, I do not find this an argument in favor of letting Kraft slide while the women in question are, I assume, deported. Or worse.
I'm just surprised an NFL owner would get a handjob in a pre-existing massage parlor rather than getting taxpayers to build him a new one.
— EmergenHat (@Popehat) February 23, 2019
Like it or not, we’re gonna hear more…
I should remind everyone following the Florida sex slavery case that Florida has some of the most extensive open records laws of any state in the Union.
So, yeah, videos…
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) February 23, 2019
Aaaand here come The Worst People in Media to reinforce everyone’s nastiest suspicions:
barstool sports founder on tucker carlson is just *chefs kiss* https://t.co/FvgU2dbueC
— offseason kreia (@JasonCheathawks) February 23, 2019
(My nasty suspicion being that not-very-bright-but-better-educated-than-he-pretends Tucker Carlson is baiting the morons for profit, and Roger Goodell is one of those morons).