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Old 06-16-2013, 07:14 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 Hall’s 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 didn’t [want to]. I had an emotional tie to the ring, it has my name on it. I don’t 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, 01:15 PM   #31
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So does this mean the "Cold War" is back on?
I would cheer for the Soviet Union if they were at war with New England.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:27 PM   #32
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:40 PM   #33
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:46 PM   #34
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Robert Kraft's comments come a few hours after President Obama made the decision to provide weapons to rebels in Syria.

Kraft, whom is among democrats' top donors, steps forward with accusations that President Vladimir Putin, stole a Super Bowl that is in the Kremlin’s library, where all state gifts are kept.

What a pity it took Kraft eight years to carve out this odd and absurd narrative.

In the meantime, major international news agencies are laughing their asses off over the amateurs that reside and work in the White House.

President Putin’s spokesperson denied the accusations. However, The White House Comedy Hour will return shortly…
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:47 PM   #35
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:52 PM   #36
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Robert Kraft's comments come a few hours after President Obama made the decision to provide weapons to rebels in Syria.

Kraft, whom is among democrats' top donors, steps forward with accusations that President Vladimir Putin, stole a Super Bowl that is in the Kremlin’s library, where all state gifts are kept.

What a pity it took Kraft eight years to carve out this odd and absurd narrative.

In the meantime, major international news agencies are laughing their asses off over the amateurs that reside and work in the White House.

President Putin’s spokesperson denied the accusations. However, The White House Comedy Hour will return shortly…
It's a good theory and all, but I read this story years ago. It's a dusty Q.
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:21 PM   #37
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Robert Kraft's comments come a few hours after President Obama made the decision to provide weapons to rebels in Syria.

Kraft, whom is among democrats' top donors, steps forward with accusations that President Vladimir Putin, stole a Super Bowl that is in the Kremlin’s library, where all state gifts are kept.

What a pity it took Kraft eight years to carve out this odd and absurd narrative.

In the meantime, major international news agencies are laughing their asses off over the amateurs that reside and work in the White House.

President Putin’s spokesperson denied the accusations. However, The White House Comedy Hour will return shortly…
Lol. Typical Dylan post.
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:33 PM   #38
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It's a good theory and all, but I read this story years ago. It's a dusty Q.
With all due respect, a businessperson is publicly calling the Russian President a petty thief. It is inexcusable.

People should understand why it is front-page international news.

Finally, these countries are reeling over the PRISM scandal and concerns that it breaks EU laws. In addition, EU countries know a thing or two about spying on citizens – They are accusing the US government of Nazi and Stasi tactics.

If anything, the EU is very sensitive to collection of data on their citizens.

I must say, US mainstream multimedia outlets do an excellent job of keeping their citizens in the dark and far away from the scathing criticism overseas...
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Old 06-16-2013, 03:36 PM   #39
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What a pussy.

If I was Kraft, I'd be all "don't be Putin that in your pocket!"
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:17 PM   #40
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:41 PM   #41
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Typical...Another of JASONSAUTO' ridiculous uneducated answers.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:17 PM   #43
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Typical...Another of JASONSAUTO' ridiculous uneducated answers.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:19 PM   #44
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With all due respect, a businessperson is publicly calling the Russian President a petty thief. It is inexcusable.

People should understand why it is front-page international news.

Finally, these countries are reeling over the PRISM scandal and concerns that it breaks EU laws. In addition, EU countries know a thing or two about spying on citizens – They are accusing the US government of Nazi and Stasi tactics.

If anything, the EU is very sensitive to collection of data on their citizens.

I must say, US mainstream multimedia outlets do an excellent job of keeping their citizens in the dark and far away from the scathing criticism overseas...
This is front page national news? Wow. I really shouldn't be surprised, I guess. Welcome to the new America. A nation of cattle.
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With all due respect, a businessperson is publicly calling the Russian President a petty thief. It is inexcusable.

People should understand why it is front-page international news.

Finally, these countries are reeling over the PRISM scandal and concerns that it breaks EU laws. In addition, EU countries know a thing or two about spying on citizens – They are accusing the US government of Nazi and Stasi tactics.

If anything, the EU is very sensitive to collection of data on their citizens.

I must say, US mainstream multimedia outlets do an excellent job of keeping their citizens in the dark and far away from the scathing criticism overseas...
so are you saying it didn't happen?


Who gives a shit about any of the rest if this post in this thread? We aren't talking about any of that.
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