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The Russian President Stole My Superbowl Ring

Robert Kraft
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Back in 2005 Robert Kraft decided to show the Russian President, Putin one of his Superbowl rings. Kraft never held the ring again. After getting a phone call from the white house asking Kraft to consider the ring a gift to the Russian leader. Kraft then release a statement calling the ring a gift.

Fast forward to last Thursday Kraft tells his side of the story to the attendees at a gala, saying:

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. I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.

We take it that when Putin says “I could kill someone with this ring” he’s really saying I’m keeping this. Now Putin did recognize that there was some confusion but feels Kraft’s 2005 statement cleared up any misunderstanding.

Kraft’s recent retelling of the story prompted the Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, to come out and say he was standing next to the men as the whole interaction took place. This is what he had to say:

What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird

I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift


Seems to us that Putin and his spokesperson are not on the same page. If it was stated that the ring was a gift from the start, then why did Putin need Kraft’s statement to clear up the confusion.


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