In a very strange story earlier this week, (full article here), Robert Kraft ackowledged the fact that the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, stole his Superbowl Ring. However, the U.S. government told him not to make a scene of it, in order to help U.S.-Russian relations.
Well, Kraft went back on that plan, and the Russian government took note of it. Through a spokesperson, Putin replied “What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird,” Dmitry Peskov told CNN. “I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift.”
It what appears to have been an attempt at damage control, most likely with U.S. government pressure (not official, just my own gut feelings), a spokesperson for the Kraft Group had this to say:
“It’s a humorous, anecdotal story that Robert re-tells for laughs. 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. An added benefit from the attention this story gathered eight years ago was the creation of some Patriots fan clubs in Russia.”
Sounds like he was trying to do some ass-kissing to me. Whatever the case may be, Kraft has lost his Superbowl Ring to the Kremlin library now.