The Putin ring controversy might be a bit overblown if the newest reports are to be believed.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin stole his Super Bowl ring. The White House supposedly put pressure on Robert Kraft to keep the story quiet…until now.
This is how the Putin ring story goes:
“I [Robert Kraft] 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.”
When the Putin ring story came out Vladimir Putin denied he stole the Super Bowl ring and claims Robert Kraft willingly gave the Super Bowl ring as a gift. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says he saw this with his own eyes:
“Back in 2005, I stood behind the president’s back and I saw how that ring was presented to him. All that talk about some kind of pressure that was exerted on him (Kraft) should be the subject of a detailed talk with psychoanalysts, I think.”
Despite the insulting way Peskov responded to the Putin ring controversy, he also said Putin was willing to buy Robert Kraft another Super Bowl ring, which costs about $25,000, out of his own pocket.
Even the Kraft group is downplaying the Put ring story, with spokeswoman Stacey James saying it shouldn’t be taken too seriously:
“It’s a humorous, anecdotal story that Robert retells 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.”
What do you think about the Putin ring controversy?