Putin Stole Kraft's Superbowl Ring

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed the real story behind a 2005 meeting with Vladimir Putin, during which the Russian president pocketed his Super Bowl ring, worth more than $25,000. Kraft, at the time, claimed the diamond-encrusted bauble was a gift, but he now admits Putin stole it, and the White House intervened when he demanded it back.</p>

<p>Kraft explained the incident happened while Sandy Weill and other business execs were in St. Petersburg. “I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, ‘I can kill someone with this ring,’ ” Kraft told the crowd at Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence gala at the Waldorf-Astoria.“I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”


<p>Robert</a> Kraft: Vladimir Putin stole my Super Bowl ring - NYPOST.com</p>

<p>Kraft is lucky Putin only took his ring.</p>

<p>Not sure what is MORE bizarre… Putin keeping the ring or “W.” telling Kraft it would be best if you gifted Putin the ring?!</p>

<p>Putin would probably give the ring back to Kraft in exchange for an autographed Tim Tebow photo.</p>

<p>That is an amazing story. I wonder if there will be a “Soviet” I mean, Russian, response.</p>

<p>what a thug…</p>

<p>It looks like cold war could be coming back with Syria and potential expanding conflict in the middle east, just a terrible development.</p>

<p>Putin is a big bully… this isn’t very surprising, IMO.</p>



<p>The White House telling someone not to create an international incident is not surprising.</p>

<p>There is a Soviet response - they are saying it was a gift.</p>

<p>Makes no sense, how could a receiver of an item declare it as a gift especially in light of the owner saying that he did not give it as a gift?</p>

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<p>Frankly, I don’t care whether or not it was stolen, but I’d like us to keep in mind that the original spin on the story came from the NY Post… And that Kraft never said it was stolen despite the sensational headlines.</p>

<p>But Kraft is saying it now that it was taken without his consent and at the time the whitehouse asked him not to make a fuss. It is reported that Myra Kraft told the same story in 2007. What is your point? You are saying that you believe Putin and Kraft is lying?</p>

<p>Nope. I really don’t know nor care who’s lying. All I said was consider the source. Nothing more, nothing less.</p>

<p>It is more than just NYPost now, Kraft was speaking at a dinner meeting in NY. The quote came from Kraft speech at the dinner.</p>

<p>Russia is the kind of place where gifts / bribes are expected of business people. Alongside a possible language barrier, Putin could have believed that when he handed him the ring it was intended to be a “gift”. I bet Putin’s perception of what happened is different.</p>

<p>Wouldn’t you like to see the POTUS take the 72 Olympic basketball team over and ask Putin to try on the gold medals?</p>

<p>Kraft told this story to NY media years ago. I believed it then and I believe it now. Putin is a little p*** ant.</p>

<p>Kraft is a very wealthy man with various financial interests, so I presume it was some kind of business investment tour.</p>

<p>I wouldn’t call him poor or unfortunate. I think he is a good guy but he is still filthy rich with a girlfriend that is more than 30+ years his junior. He said this as mostly a joke and anecdotal story he told at a function, and not an issue he wanted to raise. Putin responses, however, are quite outrageous and very unstatesmen like for a head of state of a very powerful nation.</p>

<p>“These words about how someone put pressure on him and so forth - I think this is an issue for a detailed discussion with psychoanalysts,”</p>

<p>“This gentleman is experiencing such agonising pain from the loss that occurred in connection with an act of trust in 2005,”</p>

<p>“The president will be ready to send him as a gift some other ring, which he can buy with his own money.”</p>

<p>This whole ring story is so twisted around that no one’s version of what occurred years ago can be believed as what actually happened.</p>

<p>One thing for sure - LOTS of alcohol was involved. The rest is just minor details. :)</p>

<p>Maybe they did not have their heads on straight due to alcohol or what ever at the time. But a head of state afterwards when you are clear headed and sober actually put out a statement that the other party ought to get his head examined and if he really wants it back, I can buy something else to replace it with my own money? How childish is that?</p>