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Robert Kraft: Vladimir Putin walked off with Super Bowl ring

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11:00 AM ET 06.15 | New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed the real story behind a 2005 meeting with Vladimir Putin, during which the Russian president pocketed his Super Bowl ring, worth more than $25,000. Kraft, at the time, claimed the diamond-encrusted bauble was a gift, but he now admits Putin stole it, and the White House intervened when he demanded it back. Kraft explained the incident happened while Sandy Weill and other business execs were in St. Petersburg. "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 told the crowd at Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence gala at the Waldorf-Astoria." put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out." But Kraft really wanted the 4.94-carat bauble back, he said Thursday, admitting he'd gotten a call from the George W. Bush-run White House, saying, "It would really be in the best interest of US-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present." (In fact the Soviet Union had collapsed 14 years earlier.)

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June 15, 2013  11:07 AM ET

"It would really be in the best interest of US-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present." (In fact the Soviet Union had collapsed 14 years earlier.)

Says a lot about 43's administration.

June 15, 2013  11:10 AM ET

And Kraft Walked off with his Girlfriend, even Deal!!!

June 15, 2013  11:13 AM ET

So Kraft got Putined.

June 15, 2013  11:15 AM ET

"I could kill someone with this ring", the former KGB leader said as he turned to go do so.

June 15, 2013  11:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

"I could kill someone with this ring", the former KGB leader said as he turned to go do so.

He looked to his driver and said 'Quick, drive me to Chechnya. It's clobberin' time!"

June 15, 2013  12:03 PM ET

So how did the rest of the business trip go? Did Putin set Kraft up with some Russian Hookers ?

Next time Putin sets foot in American Kraft can have him arrested.

June 15, 2013  12:06 PM ET

Only George W. Bush would think that the Soviet Union still existed when he was president.

Bush did after all send the USA to war in Iraq because his belief that WMD existed.

June 15, 2013  12:07 PM ET

How did the rest of the business meeting go ?

Maybe the next time Putin steps foot in the USA Kraft can have him arrested.

June 15, 2013  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"It would really be in the best interest of US-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present." (In fact the Soviet Union had collapsed 14 years earlier.)Says a lot about 43's administration.

Wouldn't have wanted to start a "nucular" war over a ring now would we?

June 15, 2013  07:47 PM ET

Kraft was content to keep his peace when it seemed likely the Pats would get a 4th.

June 15, 2013  08:14 PM ET

Sounds fair to me.

Kraft stole that ring.

 
June 15, 2013  09:45 PM ET

Spaciba, dosvidanya tovarich!

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