Russian president Vladimir Putin is adamantly denying claims that he stole a Super Bowl ring from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Yesterday we reported that Kraft made the claim against Russia’s leader. Kraft claims that the theft went down in 2005 when the two men were engaged in a meeting.
Kraft was attending a gala on Thursday night when he revealed the alleged event which took place eight years earlier.
So what does Putin have to say about the Super Bowl ring theft? He claims it was a “great gift” that was handed over to him by Robert Kraft. In his original statement Kraft revealed:
“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. I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”
Putin admits there seemed to be some confusion over the “gift” at the time but then claims it was later revealed to be a gift. The spokesman for Vladimir Putin say says of the exchange:
“What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird. I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift.”
Putin took the Super Bowl ring and placed it in the Kremlin’s library where it resides to this very day.
Why did Robert Kraft never speak of the allegedly stolen gift until this time? He says the White House told him to make the Super Bowl ring look like a gift to Putin so a diplomatic incident could be avoided.
Do you think Vladimir Putin is capable of turning a Super Bowl ring theft into a diplomatic issue just to serve his own goals?