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Putin responds to Kraft's tale


07:05 AM ET 06.17 | Russia's president had his say over the weekend. No, he did not steal a Super Bowl ring. And no, he's not rocking the diamond-encrusted prize on his finger, either. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman denied that the leader kept a Super Bowl ring that New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft wanted back. Both sides agree that the ring, with its 124 diamonds, changed hands during Kraft's visit to St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2005. ... A Kraft spokesman said Sunday the story is a humorous anecdote that Kraft "retells for laughs." "He loves that the ring is at the Kremlin and, as he stated back in 2005, he continues to have great respect for Russia and the leadership of President Putin," said Stacey James, a spokesman for The Kraft Group.


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June 17, 2013  07:09 AM ET

Kraft and Dennis Rodman are in the same boat- hanging with two miserable human beings. What a pathetic disconnect.

June 17, 2013  07:09 AM ET

Ummmm..... Huh ?

June 17, 2013  07:21 AM ET

We won't know the truth until the ring shows up on eBay.

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June 17, 2013  07:46 AM ET

I'll bet he won't be stupid enough to show off like that again, at least not outside of the country

June 17, 2013  08:02 AM ET

Moral of story?
Don't ever shake hands with Putin!

June 17, 2013  08:04 AM ET

We won't know the truth until the ring shows up on eBay.

Or "Pawn Stars"...

June 17, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Dementia? First the bikini clad "actress" video now he's spending time with a brutal oligarch?

June 17, 2013  08:49 AM ET

One minute the story is about how Putin stole the ring and Kraft wants it back.

Now Kraft says he is happy the ring is in the Kremlin Library.

The whole thing sounds like an exaggerated rumor.

June 17, 2013  09:09 AM ET

It was the last ring his team ever won, no wonder he thinks about getting it back.

June 17, 2013  09:42 AM ET

I don't know, I think Puttin's word might be more reliable than Kraft's.

June 17, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Putin jacked him.

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June 17, 2013  09:55 AM ET

If the Russians could bug the US Embassy there, then....Just sayin'..What did Kraft and Putin meet about? don't want to start anything, honest ( hehehhe) but just would like to know.

June 17, 2013  09:56 AM ET

Sounds like Bob received a gentle reminder that he had already been told to **** about this.

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June 17, 2013  10:21 AM ET

Don't see too many stories that are 8 years old breathing new life. Confusing.

June 17, 2013  10:44 AM ET

Or "Pawn Stars"...

Chum Lee: "What'a we have here"

Putin: "A NE SB ring!"

Chum Lee: "Say aren't you the Presidnet of Russia"

Putin: No, I'm the owner of the NE Pats". "Got a problem with that?"

Chum Lee: " I heard this ring was stole.......BANG!!!"

June 17, 2013  12:00 PM ET

There is no way a recipient of a major sport championship ring--with his name engraved in it--would give it to ANYONE. No freakin' way.
Putin walked away with it.


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