Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, recently said that Vladimir Putin pocketed his Super Bowl ring during a visit to Russia back in 2005. The Kremlin insists that the ring was a gift.
Kraft originally told reporters the ring was a gift meant to symbolize “respect and admiration” for the Russian people and Putin’s leadership. But a few years later when safely inside the U.S., he told a much different story.
At Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence gala, Kraft told the crowd: “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. “I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.” So boss.
Kraft was ready to start World War III over the $20,000 diamond encrusted piece of jewelry, but the White House persuaded him to say the ring was a gift. Why bark up the tree of a guy who wrestles bears in his free time?
The ring is currently on display in the Kremlin library along with Putin’s other ‘gifts.’