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Old 06-16-2013, 08:14 AM  
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Robert Kraft: Vladimir Putin stole my Super Bowl ring


Robert Kraft: Vladimir Putin stole my Super Bowl ring



By Doug Farrar


Robert Kraft and Vladimir Putin in 2005: Kraft is eyeing his ring with good reason. (AP)

The Super Bowl ring is one of the greatest symbols of athletic triumph. NFL players have been known to break down when they can finally fit that particular bit of jewelry on their fingers, and I've met enough former players, coaches, and executives who would never be separated from their rings to know that the buzz lasts forever. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has three such rings from his team's wins in Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX. The ring Kraft won for that last Super Bowl, at the end of the 2004 season, went missing in a very unusual way.

As the story goes, Kraft met Russian President Vladimir Putin at a gathering of business and political leaders at Konstantinovsky Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia, in June of 2005. Kraft and Putin talked a while, Kraft took off his ring to show it to Putin, and Putin promptly put the ring in his pocket and walked off.

"I showed the president my most recent Super Bowl ring, Kraft said in a subsequent statement. Putin was clearly taken with its uniqueness."

At that point, I decided to give him the ring as a symbol of the respect and admiration that I have for the Russian people and the leadership of President Putin."

But as Kraft said recently, per the New York Post, that's not what really happened.

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 said during the Carnegie Halls Medal of Excellence gala in New York City.I put my hand out, and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.

Were it not for the intervention of the White House, this could have gotten ugly. Kraft wanted his ring back, obviously not intimidated by Putin's alleged ability to kill somebody with it. The ring came in at 4.94 carats and was worth over $25,000, and Kraft was not amused. He said that he got a call from the George W. Bush-led White House, telling him that it would really be in the best interests of relations between the two countries if Kraft would change the story and say the ring was a gift.

Kraft was unmoved.


I really didnt [want to]. I had an emotional tie to the ring, it has my name on it. I dont want to see it on eBay. There was a pause on the other end of the line, and the voice repeated, It would really be in the best interest if you meant to give the ring as a present.

According to the Post, the ring is now kept in the Kremlin library -- presumably in the "Ill-Gotten Booty" section.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:49 AM   #16
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Precisely ! Kraft's 'Progressive naivete' got his ring stolen and once again Russians play games to embarrass Americans.
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:56 AM   #17
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:02 AM   #18
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- "He took it!"

- "Nuh UH!!! He gave it to me!!"
Heh, yep. This is a bizarre story.
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:33 AM   #22
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At first I was wondering in my head, what kind of situation would I have to be in to let another man walk away with my property without doing shit about it..

Then I realize that if I was a billionaire, in Russia, surrounded by the KGB, I probably wouldn't risk torture in some remote ass prison for the rest of my natural life either.
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At first I was wondering in my head, what kind of situation would I have to be in to let another man walk away with my property without doing shit about it..

Then I realize that if I was a billionaire, in Russia, surrounded by the KGB, I probably wouldn't risk torture in some remote ass prison for the rest of my natural life either.
Can't really say anyone could have seen that coming.
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