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Spokesman for Putin denies he stole Kraft’s Super Bowl ring

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The subject is too frivolous to turn into World War III, but the war of words is escalating between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kraft said last week that in 2005, he visited Russia and left without his Super Bowl ring, as Putin admiringly said, “I can kill someone with this” and walked off with it. At the time, Kraft released a statement saying he had given it as a gift to show the friendship between the American people and the Russian people, but Kraft now says he was pressured by the White House to make that statement to avoid an international incident.

Asked about Kraft’s comments, Putin’s spokesman told CNN that he was personally with Putin at the time that the ring changed hands and that the story is totally false.

What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird,” spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift.”

The Russians say the ring is on display with other state gifts at the Kremlin.

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51 Responses to “Spokesman for Putin denies he stole Kraft’s Super Bowl ring”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Jun 16, 2013 9:08 AM

    I would’ve been shocked by any other response.

  2. plundergrunge says: Jun 16, 2013 9:13 AM

    In Soviet Russia, Super Bowl ring steals YOU.

  3. jets13 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:22 AM

    I’m sure kraft has video of it…

  4. corchamp says: Jun 16, 2013 9:28 AM

    this is quickly turning into the next michael bay movie

  5. nfloracle says: Jun 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    Bob Kraft needs to step out of the spotlight with all this weird stuff he’s been saying about Putin taking a ring that didn’t belong to him while publicly gushing about Tebow’s spirituality.

    Good God, can you imagine another Cold War starting over a SuperBowl ring? Actually, things may have gotten nutty enough in this country for that to happen.

  6. chut26 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    Am I the only one that reads quotes from Russians with a Russian accent? I don’t do this for any other nationality….

  7. qdog112 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:40 AM

    How fitting for Kraft to be hanging out with Putin. You can’t make this stuff up.

  8. djcologne says: Jun 16, 2013 9:43 AM

    I simply can’t believe these Russians….Kraft woudl NEVER lie…..

  9. nflsecurity862 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:47 AM

    Why hasn’t Lord Roger Goodell stepped in yet?

  10. antalicus says: Jun 16, 2013 9:47 AM

    He would have offered the ring back long ago if he didn’t steal it.

  11. jaypace says: Jun 16, 2013 9:48 AM

    @plundergrunge awesome

  12. mtheparrothead says: Jun 16, 2013 9:48 AM

    What’s a centimeter?

  13. hyzers says: Jun 16, 2013 9:49 AM

    I believe the spokesman. I mean he was only 20 centimeters away.

  14. burgandy2260 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:50 AM

    Chut26:

    Now that’s funny! Probably the best quote about this whole story! Thx for the laugh!

  15. finsfan4life1977 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:54 AM

    I trust Putin more than I do anyone in the Patriots organization.

  16. mblue24 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:54 AM

    I Beleive Kraft. Go Pats!!

  17. kilo0986 says: Jun 16, 2013 9:55 AM

    Oh snap! WW3 Here we come!

  18. jojopuppyfish says: Jun 16, 2013 9:59 AM

    Hey Russia!
    Give it back!

  19. gbpackman says: Jun 16, 2013 10:00 AM

    Maybe Putin has it hanging on a chain around his neck. Lovers quarrel?

  20. napgamer says: Jun 16, 2013 10:01 AM

    Well thats only fair since the Patriots stole the ring by cheating.

  21. hyzers says: Jun 16, 2013 10:27 AM

    Notice what the spokesman DIDN’T deny…

  22. lostsok says: Jun 16, 2013 10:37 AM

    By the way, this board is on FIRE on this one.

    “Super Bowl ring steals YOU. Next Michael Bay movie.” Priceless!

  23. bconnor94 says: Jun 16, 2013 11:22 AM

    Kraft should ask Mario Williams for some advice…

  24. mike41april says: Jun 16, 2013 11:46 AM

    Putin should hire Mario Williams’ ex-fiance’s lawyer

  25. allseeingone says: Jun 16, 2013 1:13 PM

    I’m going to wait until Gollum gives his two cents on this issue before deciding who to believe.

  26. peanutele24 says: Jun 16, 2013 1:41 PM

    Mario Williams wants an explanation about all of this ring business.

  27. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 16, 2013 2:03 PM

    All I have to say is you are a real sick person if you are a billionaire yet you also want to score sentimental value from material objects as well to the point that you will throw the WH under the bus despite volunteering to go under the bus in the first place.

    His greed is a disease. He may be rich, have a family and own an NFL team, but to me he’s just a well dressed loser.

    Or maybe he’s just trying to stir up some bad relations with Russia so the next Republican presidential candidate has a talking point to score with.

  28. silverandblack052099 says: Jun 16, 2013 2:04 PM

    How fragile is the relationship between the U.S. and Russia to where asking for a ring back due to a misunderstanding could cause an “international incident?”

  29. starrtodowler says: Jun 16, 2013 2:05 PM

    Really? Standing 20 centimeters away? Hmm… that’s roughly 2 iPhones laid end to end. At that distance he must have used a listening device.

  30. truths4all says: Jun 16, 2013 2:05 PM

    Kraft better watch out as Putin will send a FSB (the new version of the KGB) wet (hit) team after him. Do not be surprise that Kraft suddenly has health problems or passes on; such are the methodology Putin is operating by in Russia where those who annoy Putin suddenly end up missing or dead.

  31. ravenstink says: Jun 16, 2013 2:10 PM

    Art Rooney wants the 2 rings Kraft and the Pats stole from the Steelers.

  32. kingsforever says: Jun 16, 2013 2:11 PM

    Putin also stole Tom Brady’s original VS model gf. That’s why Brady is with Giselle now. ;)

  33. stefet says: Jun 16, 2013 2:15 PM

    All the jet/ dolphin trolls crack me up! I d hate life too if I had to cheer for any of those putrid organizations

  34. jimjets says: Jun 16, 2013 2:21 PM

    “bob” kraft is an effeminate little dough boy.

    I have a place I’d suggest he put his “rings”.

    Maybe it’s Karma for cheating? Cutting a guy because he has diabetes? Supporting a guy who wouldn’t shake his opposing coaches hand when he lost the championship game to him? Or mumbles one word answers and looks at the ground like a whiny spoiled brat after he loses?

    Maybe it has to do with that?

  35. j0esixpack says: Jun 16, 2013 2:24 PM

    Well one of them is lying

    Personally I trust the former Russian KGB chief turned politician to tell the truth

  36. allmyexsliveintexas says: Jun 16, 2013 2:26 PM

    I heard Kim Jung Un stole Dennis Rodman’s nose ring.

  37. thisonesforpat says: Jun 16, 2013 2:34 PM

    There’s no way Putin said that. He might have said, “…someone could get killed for this”, but there’s a problem with any common sense that he’s quoted as saying, “I could kill someone w/ this”. Right? Anyone?

  38. thebigreasonablethinker says: Jun 16, 2013 2:36 PM

    Looking like Kraft is a real nut job. Last year the acting tape with his teenage girlfriend, and now the dubious story of the ring stolen right in front of him.

  39. skolvikesskol says: Jun 16, 2013 3:03 PM

    This really shows what a punk bush was. Cldnt even get a ring back from a 2nd rate so-called superpower. However i love this story. More more more! Also i lost respect for kraft. The dude took it right in front of u. 20 centimeters away!!!! How hard is it to say, excuse me… My man killing ring back pls. Bwahahahahahhanahahahahhahahha. Starstruck by a leader thats a 1 drought away from being a banana republic!

  40. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 16, 2013 4:12 PM

    Vlad the Impaler said, “I would kill someone for this!”, and the misshapen dwarf quickly handed it to him and scurried away.

  41. EJ says: Jun 16, 2013 4:14 PM

    Putin also stated that the ring didn’t belong to the Patriots owner anyway, saying that spygate in Russia would have gotten your fingers removed and therefore you would need no ring.

    Cheaters.

  42. evrybdyhas1 says: Jun 16, 2013 4:57 PM

    You have to askk: Why bring this up now?
    Is Jerry J and Irksay gettin too much media attention?

  43. hurricanegrabowski says: Jun 16, 2013 5:02 PM

    I’m a little shocked and perplexed, I don’t know who to believe.

  44. bobhk says: Jun 16, 2013 5:04 PM

    Ring is coming back from Russia with love…

  45. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 16, 2013 5:37 PM

    Photographic evidence of Vladimir puttin the ring on his finger.

  46. natijim235 says: Jun 16, 2013 6:08 PM

    from Russia with love…..why is kraft saying this now if it happened 7 years ago??

  47. matzahballz says: Jun 16, 2013 6:10 PM

    “One ring Vasili, one ring only please”

  48. tim8450 says: Jun 16, 2013 7:34 PM

    Putin’s going to take it on a mystical joirney to mordor to through it into the crack of doom on the volcano mt doom.

  49. drewzducks says: Jun 16, 2013 8:10 PM

    “I can kill someone with this, now go fetch me some serfs to try it out on.”

  50. CKL says: Jun 16, 2013 8:28 PM

    So the spokesman is saying that Kraft liked it so he put a ring on it???

    To an extent, I agree with NFL oracle that it is a bit weird Kraft would say this now so many years later. I’d love to know what prompted it.

    As tot he spirituality thing, Kraft has made similar type comments before the Pats even got Tebow. He’s long been a proponent of more human contact vs electronic. Not an uncommon thing for someone of his generation. But he’s right, there’s a balance between the two that’s beneficial.

  51. 57jmvgg says: Jun 16, 2013 11:14 PM

    Old Robert should have never showed off the ring in the first place, in doing so, he should have promised to have one made for Vladdy with his own name inside the SBR & not Krafts name, before he ever exposed it, personalized rings are usually given to family & very close friends not the silent enemy & leader of the Soviet Union HELLLO !!!!

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