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Meanwhile in Russia: Putin stole Robert Kraft’s SB ring


If you’ve been paying close attention to the internet (c’mon, you read KSR, so you definitely are on the internet way too much), then you’ve likely seen how Russian ‘president’ Vladimir Putin became a meme of sorts. Whether it be pictures of Putin being a badass or commentary on the 140% voter turnout in Russia, the guy has made me laugh a few times. And now he’s done it again.

In 2005, a New England Patriots’ super bowl ring was suddenly resting on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s finger. When questions arose, Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft merely stated that the ring was a “gift” to Putin – “President Putin, a great and knowledgable sports fan, was clearly taken with its uniqueness. I decided to give him the ring as a symbol of the respect and admiration that I have for the Russian people and [his] leadership.”

However, he’s changed his tune. Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin stole his Super Bowl ring.

I am finding this all highly entertaining. Check out these great details, seemingly lifted straight from a movie:

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.“I 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.)

And now the ring sits in the Kremlin library.

Article written by Chris Thomas

8 Comments for Meanwhile in Russia: Putin stole Robert Kraft’s SB ring

    11:45 am June 15, 2013 Permalink

    After Bush’s first meeting with Putin, he said he always went with his gut feeling about someone and he liked “the cut of his jib”, even though the rest of the world knew him to be a murdering election fixing dictator. Now we know he is a thief, as well.

  2. Andrew
    11:56 am June 15, 2013 Permalink

    I would’ve whooped Putin’s ass if he tried to take my 4.94 carat ring. Communist Bastard!!!!!

  3. arlo
    12:26 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    too bad gen patton didn’t get his way back in ww2

  4. The Real JD
    12:47 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    Man, KSR is dead this weekend!

  5. BigBlue
    1:13 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    Putin: “Aww the little boy wants his ring back”

  6. Noc123
    1:55 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    We should send Ethan Hunt to get it!

  7. For Rizzle
    2:10 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    You should know better to present something like that to the president of any country and not expect them to think you are giving them a gift. I’m not sure how it went down, but Putin was like, oh for real, thanks. He could make as many 4.94 rings as he wants.

  8. Derrick Dooley's dry cleaner
    2:18 pm June 15, 2013 Permalink

    if I was Kraft I would just have Beyonce and Obama get the ring back for me..
    They could pull that off easy