June 15, 2013

Robert Kraft: Putin Stole My Super Bowl Ring: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has revealed that he didn't give Russian leader Vladimir Putin his Super Bowl ring in 2005 during a visit to St. Petersburg, Russia, as he's previously said. After Putin put it on, he pocketed the ring and kept it, Kraft said. When the NFL owner came home and demanded it back, the White House told him to claim it had been a gift. "I put my hand out (to get it back) and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out," Kraft said. He said he was told by someone in the Bush White House, "It would really be in the best interest if you meant to give the ring as a present."

posted by rcade to football at 06:12 PM - 6 comments

It's like Putin was cast by Hollywood as "Evil Russian Dictator" for a movie, and then accidentally landed the part in real life.

posted by grum@work at 06:27 PM on June 15

Give what back?

posted by bender at 07:08 PM on June 15

Castro ... LOL!

Really, though, a national leader as a thief? Three KGB men surrounded him? US-Soviet relations? Next time, check your pockets before throwing stuff in the washer!

posted by jjzucal at 08:35 PM on June 15

"I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. I was able to get a sense of his soul...

- George W. Bush after meeting with Putin

This has the makings of a Pats championship title curse. Right up there with the Cubs' goat and Babe Ruth's piano. The Pats haven't won a title since Kraft got Putinized.

I always thought there was an unseen hand at work during the final scoring drive in the Pats' first loss to the Giants.

If the B's win the Stanley Cup, what happens when Khudobin shows up at the Kremlin with the trophy?

posted by beaverboard at 08:40 AM on June 16

The story that just won't quit: 2005, 2012.

posted by yerfatma at 11:46 AM on June 16

Kraft responds.

posted by yerfatma at 11:00 AM on June 17

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