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Patriots seem to concede Putin didn’t steal Kraft’s ring

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The story of an effort to avoid an international incident in 2005 has created an international incident in 2013.  Sort of.

But now, after Patriots owner Robert Kraft explained that Russian president Vladimir Putin stole his Super Bowl ring and Putin’s spokesman claimed it was a gift, the Patriots have tried to put the matter to rest by conceding, apparently, that Kraft’s tale of being strong-armed for the trinket is shtick.

“It’s a humorous, anecdotal story that Robert re-tells for laughs,” a Patriots spokesman reportedly said.  “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.”

So it sounds like Kraft doesn’t actually believe that Putin stole his ring.  Or perhaps Kraft has Googled “Alexander Litvinenko.”  Or maybe Kraft is aware of the army of Russian bears who can survive a direct impact from speeding cars.

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105 Responses to “Patriots seem to concede Putin didn’t steal Kraft’s ring”
  1. jawnbanayramsey says: Jun 16, 2013 6:54 PM

    Maybe Obama gave him the same phone call that Bush gave him 8 years ago.

  2. browns4ever says: Jun 16, 2013 6:54 PM

    I’m smellin an apology is on the way.

  3. rickastleydancemoves says: Jun 16, 2013 6:55 PM

    I bet a sure fire way to get Robert to stop talking about the need to put a NFL franchise overseas is to suggest Russia as a primary location.

  4. mackcarrington says: Jun 16, 2013 6:56 PM

    Kraft has “great respect for Russia and the leadership of President Putin”.????? If no one thought that Kraft was full of “Krap” before, there is no doubt now that he is.

  5. bigbluefan11 says: Jun 16, 2013 6:56 PM

    Maybe Tebow can go get the ring back for Kraft.

  6. finsfan4life1977 says: Jun 16, 2013 6:57 PM

    Let this be yet another lesson to the Patriots organization. The truth will always come out.

  7. jhein23 says: Jun 16, 2013 6:58 PM

    This is an organization that lied and downplayed how much they spied on other teams. If you believe it was 1 game agains the Jets you are a fool. So not surprising the owner flip flops back and forth on this story too. Liar, loser organization who cheated to win SBs. They wouldn’t have even gotten to those games without cheating and terrible calls by referees Kraft probably paid off – Brady’s fumble caused by Woodson.

  8. shogunassasin30 says: Jun 16, 2013 6:59 PM

    Alright chowder heads, you better put a muzzle on that senile old man of yours. We don’t need to be pissing off the Russians..

  9. heisthejuan says: Jun 16, 2013 7:05 PM

    @Jhein23 can I borrow your drugs?

    Spygate was about an ignored memo and Goodell proving his nuts had dropped and that nobody was bigger in the NFL then him. If you believe otherwise then you’ve been watching too much ESPN along with the 2004 Steelers.

    Side note: Kraft is clearly losing it.

  10. icdogg says: Jun 16, 2013 7:07 PM

    Yakov Smirnoff “In Soviet Russia” joke coming in 3…2…1…

  11. jj871 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:08 PM

    Kraft needs to stop whining about something that happened 8 years ago. If he didn’t have the balls to say something as it happened, then he certainly doesn’t have any ground to keep griping about it 8 years later.

  12. richiesaurus310 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:08 PM

    Why can’t he just make another one and call it a day?

  13. pftfan says: Jun 16, 2013 7:09 PM

    Patriots owner nearly started a Cold War with his idiotic “anecdotes”.

    The Tebow circus continues…

  14. mempusa says: Jun 16, 2013 7:10 PM

    Back pedal Back pedal

  15. bennyb82 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:13 PM

    Kraft also mentioned that he would love Putin to make the 53 man roster.

  16. realskipbayless says: Jun 16, 2013 7:13 PM

    This story is getting stupid now. I’m sorry if it was my ring I woulda gotten it back when it happened or got killed tryin. But don’t call someone out and then when they say that it was a gift back down. Grow a back bone. Demand your ring back if it bothers you. I felt kinda bad for Mr. Kraft at first but now I don’t.

  17. dadawg77 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:19 PM

    Or Krafts story is true but he has interests in Russia or with people who wouldn’t wasn’t any blowback from the Kremlin.

  18. lld320 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:22 PM

    I don’t understand how you draw the conclusion from that quote that the ring was not stolen.. The only conclusion I drew was that Mr. Kraft is so rich that losing $25,000 is nothing more than an amusing story to him (case and point Haynesworth/Ochocinco). Putin is still a psychopathic thief.

  19. officialgame says: Jun 16, 2013 7:24 PM

    Maybe Kraft got a phone call from the KBG explaining the facts if life to him.

  20. iceburgskin202 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:27 PM

    Saving face with the Spinmasters!!!!

  21. thebigreasonablethinker says: Jun 16, 2013 7:30 PM

    Give it away as a gift then tell a wacky theft story later on for giggles. Can’t make this stuff up, what a loon. Patriots are a mess.

  22. corchamp says: Jun 16, 2013 7:32 PM

    WOLVERINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. howiefeltersnatch says: Jun 16, 2013 7:32 PM

    “You. You think you own. I take away. Take it with me.

    YOU! You think you OWN! I took aWAY! Make it my own.”

  24. thetooloftools says: Jun 16, 2013 7:33 PM

    Why are we still kissing Putin’s (|) ?
    Kraft is saying he ‘gave it to him” because he knows he’s never going to get it back.
    Putin taking the ring is nothing compared to what he has stolen from his own people.

  25. vmannj says: Jun 16, 2013 7:33 PM

    I bet Dennis Rodman could get the ring back. He did such a great job while in North Korea.

  26. fievel03 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:33 PM

    Putin has his precioussss and he wantssss it!!!!!

    And with that, the Gollum joke beats the Yakov Smirnov joke. Sorry, icdogg.

  27. steeltuff says: Jun 16, 2013 7:33 PM

    We must send Dennis Rodman on the next flight to Moscow to sort this out.

  28. wicky888 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:35 PM

    In Soviet Russia, ring wins you

  29. matzahballz says: Jun 16, 2013 7:36 PM

    “One ring Vasili, one ring only please”

  30. attyken says: Jun 16, 2013 7:45 PM

    Kraft probably got tips on how to spy on other teams from the KGB and the ring was payment for services rendered. That is why the government and the league want this kept quiet.

  31. veence69 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:48 PM

    In Soviet Russia, Superbowl ring steals you.

  32. thebigtim2012 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:50 PM

    Sounds like someone got a phone call and was given a script. Now read this to the media or the IRS will be so far up your sphincter you’ll wish the KGB had just killed you. Comrade.

  33. bcgreg says: Jun 16, 2013 7:54 PM

    @ jhein23

    Actually, you are the fool for thinking that there are people out there who think Spygate was just the one game against the Jets.

    As one person said earlier, it was about an ignored memo by the new Commissioner’s office, who wanted to show the first offender of a no longer “acceptable” practice what would happen if you cross the new sherriff in town. Remember that WHAT was filmed was not and still is not illegal.

  34. kd75 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:54 PM

    If its just a funny story, it ranks a 9 out of 10.

    It is hysterical.

  35. spideysdog says: Jun 16, 2013 7:55 PM

    I have a very reliable source that says Drew Brees has already called the Kremlin demanding an explanation.

  36. thebigtim2012 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:55 PM

    And seriously enough with the cheating/spying nonsense. It was years upon years ago and the patriots still dominate every year. Yes it’s been awhile since we won the bowl again but every year we are a threat and we came closer to a perfect season than anyone has ever since the fins or probably will ever again. So all you other fans I got two words for you

  37. skolvikesskol says: Jun 16, 2013 7:55 PM

    This is easily my favorite story of the year. No other story is even within 20 centimeters of this story. Please give us more! Putin smash!!!!

  38. folkcrusader says: Jun 16, 2013 7:56 PM

    The Patriots caught not telling the truth? No way.

  39. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 16, 2013 8:01 PM

    Short Bob was just Putin us on.

  40. northstarnic says: Jun 16, 2013 8:05 PM

    So he’s a Putin admirer. In case you needed another reason to despise Kraft.

  41. lagg1 says: Jun 16, 2013 8:11 PM

    It is not unusual to exchange gifts with eastern Europeans. Many countries view it as a custom. Mr. Kraft should have been aware of this and write the ring off as a business expense. He can afford it. It is a little goofy after all of these years to bring this up now.

    Still I do not trust Mr. Putin and his government.

  42. papacrick says: Jun 16, 2013 8:18 PM

    Have a new one made you filthy rich bleep!

  43. theravens1 says: Jun 16, 2013 8:19 PM

    Putin isn’t a bit concerned that Tom Brady can throw a bomb to Russia from his house! LOL

  44. zeapelido says: Jun 16, 2013 8:23 PM

    This adds 2 points to the Patriots in the Inflammatory portion of the Turd Rankings.

  45. jimmylions says: Jun 16, 2013 8:24 PM

    I believe Kraft is cool with his ring being at the Kremlin like I believe parents were cool with their kids sleeping at Michael Jackson’s house.

    Someone called up Kraft and reminded him that getting him his ring back is less important than getting a Russian mobster to help us topple Syria.

    Like everyone else is saying … Kraft needs to put on his big boy pants and get over it.

  46. yousuxxors says: Jun 16, 2013 8:25 PM

    kraft will drop dead in a week

  47. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jun 16, 2013 8:28 PM

    How lame is the Patriots organization to be flip flopping on this thing…

    Kraft’s no spine character is an embarrassment to football.

  48. pftfollower says: Jun 16, 2013 8:29 PM

    Hey Robert,

    Please be safe and don’t bring that new wife anywhere near Putin, ok? Just in case he likes her to.

  49. dynaco says: Jun 16, 2013 8:32 PM

    Kraft is afraid of being beaten to death with his own ring. Cause as we know…”I can kill someone with this ring”.

  50. crownofthehelmet says: Jun 16, 2013 8:55 PM

    Patriots should concede that THEY stole all those other teams’ rings during spygate.

  51. MyTeamsAllStink says: Jun 16, 2013 9:05 PM

    Putin and the Giants punk the Pats

  52. ktfulmer says: Jun 16, 2013 9:14 PM

    In Soviet Russia, Gate spies you.

  53. desal2ds says: Jun 16, 2013 9:15 PM

    That’s my bike punk

  54. TheWizard says: Jun 16, 2013 9:21 PM

    Vlad takes the ring, and the crew here on comments makes Kraft out to be the bad guy.

    Idiots.

  55. greedleague says: Jun 16, 2013 9:22 PM

    Thanks.

    Stephen Ross

  56. dlk47823 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:24 PM

    The circus has moved to Beantown.

  57. nolimit54 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:26 PM

    Can’t trust a word either of them says, so I laugh at them both.

    On CNN.com they said that the ring is kept in the Kremlin library, which is either a sign of respect or Putin put it on display to laugh at Kraft. Anyway, funny story!

  58. connormyboy says: Jun 16, 2013 9:29 PM

    Is this the story to distract the media with Tebow in town now.And really after 8 years your going to make a big deal about it.

  59. raider23mike says: Jun 16, 2013 9:32 PM

    Soviet Amerika….

    Government Limits You…

    Of course we talking bad about Russia now since they aren’t our ally anymore. I stand with Russia helping Assad against the FSA(Terrorist being) Armed with our taxes! US & Israel aren’t happy because its only making their efforts of kicking Assad out of power that more difficult! It’s not hard to see the last 10+ yrs we’ve been invading every Muslim country for their resources and to keep them on a Private Central Banking system! The world sees who’s the bad guy! It’s us and its Israel!

  60. evilbilly3 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:42 PM

    It doesn’t seem like anyone believes that this could have been an actual joke and the Patriots are telling the truth. Didn’t this story first emerge from the New York Post? There wouldn’t be any funny business coming from a city that is the rival of Boston, eh? It’s not like a reporter could have taken parts out of a speech and reported it that way, keeping the reporter clear of slander, but not telling the whole story, maybe? It would be nice to have an audio or video of the entire speech before we just believe what some headline says, or maybe we just want to believe what we are told?

  61. snowpea84 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:42 PM

    I kind of agree. The story is worth more than the ring (having a few to spare doesn’t hurt).

    How many guys have super bowl rings? Granted, not a ton.
    But how many guys can tell a story about the time Putin stole their super bowl ring while you have a drink with them.

    Worth every penny.

  62. ziplock10 says: Jun 16, 2013 10:02 PM

    Another reason to hate the Pats!!

  63. herrcules13 says: Jun 16, 2013 10:07 PM

    That communist bastard! And Putin too!

  64. possumsauce says: Jun 16, 2013 10:11 PM

    Well, thank heavens that’s resolved. Maybe now we can work on getting Woody Johnson’s Jostens HS class ring back from Medvedev.

  65. faithful209er says: Jun 16, 2013 10:14 PM

    Somebody (I want to say Mike Silver) has been telling this story on KNBR for years now….. exactly like how Kraft described it. (I think Silver or Brian Murphy was there.)

    When I read the post yesterday, it was a story I’ve heard many times on “The Muph and Mac Show”. I have no doubt that Kraft’s recent account of events was exactly what happened.

  66. thebigtim2012 says: Jun 16, 2013 10:26 PM

    It really is remarkable the dislike people on hear have for Mr. Kraft. You fools do realize he was the absolute key to ending the lockout right? As his wife literally lay dying he put the fans first and was at the meetings. No not because of greed. One reason is Myra told him to so the players, and stadium workers could get back to works other reason is his complete love of our favorite sport. Yes the lockout hurt his pockets as well but he has plenty of other extremely profitable businesses so he was in no way desperate. The reason he was so integral to the meetings is the amount of trust both the players and the other owners have in him, he was the perfect negotiator. For the cheating/camera pinheads what part do you think Mr. Kraft could possibly have played in that? Bill runs the football side and Mr. Kraft runs the business, so that hate is misplaced. I am not naive enough to think the lockout would still be going on, however who knows what would have happened if he didn’t have the love for the game that he does. So if you love football the way you say you do then you really shouldn’t hate Mr. Kraft. Oh yea and he is the only owner with a new stadium that was built without taxpayer money, so there’s that too. But you’ll probably continue with your ignorant hatred.

  67. halftermguv says: Jun 16, 2013 10:45 PM

    I’ll put my money on Kraft was unprepared to follow the protocol of meeting Putin with a proper gift.

    Protocol dictates that Kraft should have had a gift of historical or unique value. Putin thought the package of a dozen disposible razors with the bow on top was a gag gift.

  68. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jun 16, 2013 10:52 PM

    As much as I wanna give my usual (deserved) pats hate, I have something more important to address…

    YO THAT BEAR GOT MESSED UP! HOW IN THE HELL DID IT JUST GET BACK UP LIKE THAT?!?!

  69. therealhardt says: Jun 16, 2013 11:01 PM

    “It really is remarkable the dislike people on hear have for Mr. Kraft. You fools do realize he was the absolute key to ending the lockout right? As his wife literally lay dying he put the fans first and was at the meetings. No not because of greed. One reason is Myra told him to so the players, and stadium workers could get back to works other reason is his complete love of our favorite sport. Yes the lockout hurt his pockets as well but he has plenty of other extremely profitable businesses so he was in no way desperate. The reason he was so integral to the meetings is the amount of trust both the players and the other owners have in him, he was the perfect negotiator. For the cheating/camera pinheads what part do you think Mr. Kraft could possibly have played in that? Bill runs the football side and Mr. Kraft runs the business, so that hate is misplaced. I am not naive enough to think the lockout would still be going on, however who knows what would have happened if he didn’t have the love for the game that he does. So if you love football the way you say you do then you really shouldn’t hate Mr. Kraft. Oh yea and he is the only owner with a new stadium that was built without taxpayer money, so there’s that too. But you’ll probably continue with your ignorant hatred.”

    Mancrush much?

  70. 7insidethelines2 says: Jun 16, 2013 11:06 PM

    First he spews that brainless hogwash about Tebow and now this. Note to self: do NOT speak with the press after third Martini. p.s. I hear there’s a circus in town!

  71. hatesycophants says: Jun 16, 2013 11:08 PM

    Kraft should be advised against making public statements not approved by his attorneys.

  72. nobreak1269 says: Jun 16, 2013 11:16 PM

    Serves Kraft right if Putin did steal the ring.The pats stole it from the Rams-Panthers-and Eagles.Spygate astericks are in everyones record books except Goodells.Too bad no one respects him either pat fans.GO JETS!

  73. bigbuc419 says: Jun 16, 2013 11:51 PM

    This story is only out there for us to avoid knowing what’s really going on with Putin arming Syrians and saying “that they eat the flesh of their enemies”

  74. giantssb42champs says: Jun 16, 2013 11:53 PM

    Who cares, it’s not like its a legitimate ring anyway.

  75. truetrue85 says: Jun 16, 2013 11:54 PM

    In Soviet Russia… ring steals you.

  76. arcaero says: Jun 17, 2013 12:13 AM

    you mean A-S-T-E-R-I-S-K ?

    GO JETC!

  77. jaggedmark says: Jun 17, 2013 12:31 AM

    Can we turn this into a S.A.L.T. sequel? Yes, I liked the movie, quite a lot.

  78. bradwins says: Jun 17, 2013 12:52 AM

    @jhein23 – you mad, bro?

    You guys are awesome still talking about spygate, the fakest “scandal” in American history. Let the bitterness and the jealousy go. It’ll feel great.

  79. itscompton says: Jun 17, 2013 1:27 AM

    Come on buddy.

  80. hedleykow says: Jun 17, 2013 1:35 AM

    This is getting pretty weird. Kraft extends an offer to The Tebow Circus and then in the same week throws out a Helter Skelter Putin-stole-his-SB-ring story? If I were Tom Brady, I would be looking for the exit.

  81. jtdapit50 says: Jun 17, 2013 1:51 AM

    Omg! The bear video is hilarious thanks!

  82. hjworton46 says: Jun 17, 2013 1:56 AM

    Everyone knows Putin is an old fashioned bully….sadly for anyone who has had anything to do with him, he’s a bully who has huge power.

  83. slick3 says: Jun 17, 2013 2:37 AM

    Oh Mr. Kraft, there’s a Mr. Kerry…Mr. John Kerry, on line one…

  84. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: Jun 17, 2013 3:29 AM

    I’m pretty Putin also stole an entire country..

  85. coachbeck says: Jun 17, 2013 3:46 AM

    New England Patriots relocated to now be named Moscow Comrades

  86. mcdall20 says: Jun 17, 2013 7:02 AM

    My Precious!!!!!!!

  87. chlstn says: Jun 17, 2013 7:56 AM

    Big Tim let it go man. It’s all they have to squawk about while the Pats bowl their team over.

  88. Akula says: Jun 17, 2013 8:07 AM

    I’m going to err on the side of caution and assume the ex KGB agent probably stole the ring and Kraft has been told to stop talking about it.

  89. saint2112 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:17 AM

    Maybe Mr. Kraft couls go to Las Vegas an d buy another one from the guys at “Pawn Stars” Im pretty sure they still have the one featured at the begining of the show

  90. raybguilty says: Jun 17, 2013 8:21 AM

    @raider23mike

    You’ve got to be the least informed person on the planet. Why would Israel want to get rid of Assad? You obviously are good at polly-parroting, but thinking, not so much.

  91. dspyank2k11 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:25 AM

    Thats right Pats.. we dont want to start another Cold War now do we?

  92. marima07 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:54 AM

    Oversensitive bunch of pansies. Who hasn’t embellished a story or two, retelling it for laughs?

    Forget the president of Russia taking a diamond-filled Super Bowl ring, if your drinking buddy pocketed your lucky lighter you’d be talking about it for years while bugging him to give it back.

  93. tdk24 says: Jun 17, 2013 8:56 AM

    Putin said he’d only give the ring back if the NFL reversed the tuck rule and gave the win to the rightful owners…the Raiders!

  94. upperdecker19 says: Jun 17, 2013 10:59 AM

    If the ring don’t fit…..you must acquit

  95. lugalngu says: Jun 17, 2013 11:19 AM

    Has anyone botherd to mention how stupid the original story sounds? Why would Putin give a $h1t about a ring like that enough to “strong arm” it? He’s the leader of one of the worlds largest diamond exporting countries… It would be more like Putin to laugh at being offered such a trivial thing, he probably only accepted Rob Krafts gift out of politeness.

  96. japmen says: Jun 17, 2013 11:48 AM

    Is it so far fetched that a group that is willing to cheat to win is led by a man willing to lie for attention?

  97. RexCanCoach says: Jun 17, 2013 11:59 AM

    Same way Kraft claimed his staff didn’t “steal” video of Jets practices…see the pattern here? SEC should investigate this joker.

  98. mtavin says: Jun 17, 2013 12:13 PM

    Sorry no sale. I believed Kraft the first time.

    Anyone cold enough to order the anything-but-a-hostage-rescue at Beslan (334 hostages killed, including 186 children) *IS* cold enough to palm a ring without looking back.

  99. lombardisshineinfoxborough says: Jun 17, 2013 12:59 PM

    Ahhh, another Pats related article and another string of ridiculous comments by the bitter and jealous fans of NFL teams not named the Patriots.

    For all of you that can actually find two brain cells to rub together, and by looking at the majority of posts I realize that’s a select few, this whole “story” originated in the NY Post where the sports editorial section is comprised of a collection of absolute buffoons, and the author Bart Hubbuch is the worst of the lot. I’m guessing Billy B wouldn’t give him the time of day when Hubbuch worked for an Ohio newspaper back in the day and therefore he’s found a home as a hack with the Post writing garbage about the Pats.

  100. outlawjerseywhales says: Jun 17, 2013 1:24 PM

    thebigtim2012 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:55 PM

    “And seriously enough with the cheating/spying nonsense. It was years upon years ago…”
    ———————————————————————
    Yes, eons! That’s why it’s OK!

    thebigtim2012 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:55 PM

    “So all you other fans I got two words for you…”
    ———————————————————————
    They CHEATED (that is two accurate words!).

  101. 7insidethelines2 says: Jun 17, 2013 1:30 PM

    In other news, Kraft wants Welker back, too. Seems he was only “showing” him to the Broncos.

  102. pdidit09 says: Jun 17, 2013 2:01 PM

    If Jerry Jones told that story. Better from Mr. Kraft. Thinking maybe his Pats are becoming irrelevant. Just saying.

  103. raiderapologist says: Jun 17, 2013 9:48 PM

    I bet that bear didn’t survive for long.

  104. swagger52 says: Jun 18, 2013 1:53 AM

    Kraft can’t keep his mouth shout. He should leave his talking to what happens on the field – like the Ravens.

  105. swagger52 says: Jun 18, 2013 1:56 AM

    My estimate of Patriots position….It is the NY Post’s fault because they should have known not to write about Kraft using Putin and his reputation to get a few laughs.

    I wonder what Bellichek said to Kraft…Daxxit just put on a hoodie and shut up.

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