Putin: 'Stolen' Super Bowl Ring Was a Gift, OK?
Do not make him repeat it, either.
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2013 6:20 AM CDT
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is out a $25,000 Super Bowl ring. Maybe Tom Brady can lend him one.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(Newser) – Vladimir Putin may be newly single (or not!), but CNN reports that he's taking exception to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's assertion that he's got sticky fingers. The Russian president today denied pilfering Kraft's Super Bowl ring during his 2005 visit to St. Petersburg, helpfully clarifying that Kraft clearly gave the $25,000 ring as a gift. "What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird," says a spokesman. "I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift." And just to prove it, the jewelry in question is in the Kremlin's library—along with all the other state "gifts."

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Jun 16, 2013 5:26 PM CDT
Read the previous story ... Kraft was not happy and wanted his ring returned in 2005 but he says the Bush White House pressured him to say he's given the ring to Putin as a gift. I guess this was still in the day when Bush was claiming to have looked deep into Putin's eyes and found a "soul connection." Maybe it's time for the prior POTUS to weigh in.
Jun 16, 2013 4:05 PM CDT
Idiot didn't even notice Kraft kype his wedding ring when they shook hands, reason he's divorced now
Jun 16, 2013 2:01 PM CDT
Old PootHead must have brought out the good vodka that day !