Patriots owner Robert Kraft reluctantly told people for years that he gave Russian president Vladimir Putin his personal Super Bowl XXXVIII ring. But according to the New York Post, Putin actually stole the $25,000 ring.

New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXVIII Ring

Kraft recently explained the incident at Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence gala, saying, “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.”

It was during the 2005 meeting with Putin in Saint Petersburg that the Russian President became enamored with the ring and came into possession of it, but the saga for Kraft didn’t end there.

After returning to the United States, he demanded the return of his ring. The White House intervened and at the behest of the American government, Kraft was instructed to claim the ring was a gift in order to ease possible tensions between the Russians and the United States.

According to the story, the government told Kraft, “It would really be in the best interest of US-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present.”

While the Patriots owner continued to tell officials that he wanted his personalized 4.94-carat diamond-encrusted ring back, the White House continued to stay firm in their stance that it would be best to claim it was a gift and leave it at that.

Perhaps Kraft was tired of keeping this a secret. The Patriots owner wants his ring back but it’s still in the possession of Putin and/or the Kremlin.


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