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  • Fred O'Malley
    I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
    • Apr 2013
    • 173491

    Putin says Super Bowl ring was gift

    Putin says Super Bowl ring was gift


    Putin was reacting Sunday through a spokesman to a New York Post story quoting remarks made by Kraft at an awards gala at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel last Thursday.

    ''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 said, as quoted by the Post. ''I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.''

    The diamond-encrusted Super Bowl ring worth about $25,000 changed hands while Kraft was visiting St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2005 with an American business delegation that met Putin. At the time, Kraft had said he gave the ring to Putin as a gift.

    But the Post story quoted Kraft as saying at Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence gala that he had an ''emotional tie to the ring'' and wanted it back, but the White House intervened and said it would be in the interest of U.S.-Russian relations to claim it was a gift.

    Putin arrived in London on Sunday to meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, was asked about the Post story.

    ''Back in 2005 I stood behind the president's back and I saw how that ring was presented to him. All that talk about some kind of pressure that was exerted on him (Kraft) should be the subject of a detailed talk with psychoanalysts, I think,'' Peskov told The Associated Press.

    ''At the same time, I am aware that this gentleman (Kraft) is feeling such a horrible pain about the 2005 loss,'' Peskov said. ''The president will be ready to send him another ring as a gift, which he (Putin) can buy with his own money.''

    Stacey James, a spokesperson for the Kraft Group, the holding company for Kraft's business ventures, including the Patriots, said Sunday that the Post article shouldn't be taken too seriously.

    ''It's a humorous, anecdotal story that Robert retells for laughs,'' James said in a statement. ''He loves that his 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. In particular, he credits President Putin for modernizing the Russian economy. "

    The statement said ''an added benefit from the attention this story gathered eight years ago was the creation of some Patriots fan clubs in Russia.''

    The Super Bowl ring is on display in the Kremlin library along with other gifts to the Russian leader, according to Peskov.

    Kraft can take some consolation because he has two other Super Bowl rings given to him for his team's other NFL championships.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/v...wl-ring-061613
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  • Fred O'Malley
    I AM THE PALE HORSEMAN
    • Apr 2013
    • 173491

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    Vladimir Putin offers to get Robert Kraft a new 'expensive' ring



    Vladimir Putin apparently feels bad about Robert Kraft's ring. (Getty Images) Vladimir Putin apparently feels bad about Robert Kraft's ring. (Getty Images)

    Last week, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Vladimir Putin had pocketed his $25,000 Super Bowl XXXIX ring. A Putin spokesman came out a few days later and said the ring had actually been a gift.

    Either way, Putin now wants to make amends, though he claims he doesn't actually remember Kraft.

    “You know, I do not remember either Mr. Kraft or the ring," Putin said, via the AFP. “They handed out some sorts of souvenirs. But if it is such a valuable thing to Mr. Kraft and his team, I have a proposal.

    "We will ask our enterprises to craft a really good, noticeable thing -- so it is clear that it is expensive, made of a good metal, with a rock -- so that this jewel is passed on from generation to generation in the team whose interests Mr. Kraft represents.

    "I think that this would be the most intelligent ... solution to such a difficult international problem.”

    The AFP reports Putin said that “with a hint of a smile” so it's unclear if Putin is just trolling Kraft or if he thinks the storyline is somewhat silly (either way, here's proof that Putin did have possession of the ring at one point -- though here's one theory: maybe the bust looking over Putin's shoulder is the person who actually took Kraft's ring).

    But Kraft apparently was displeased enough by the original incident that he saw fit to mention it eight years later.

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

    Kraft then said the Bush White House told him to downplay the issue in the interest of international relations. And so, Kraft called the ring a gift to Putin.

    Which Putin says he doesn't remember (with a hint of a smile!!).

    At this point, though, will Kraft even want a new ring? Does he need it? Even if it's made of good metal with a rock? After all, even without a ring that can be passed on from generation to generation, the company that Kraft has been keeping lately has been pretty lavish, anyway.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/ey...expensive-ring
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    • oldnorseman
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      • Jun 2013
      • 71

      #3
      I've viewed a funny Putin vs. Obama article on the web site www.tomatobubble.com. Worth checking out.

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