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Robert Kraft: Vladimir Putin Took My Super Bowl Ring


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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has made the rounds this week, dishing on Tim Tebow's"spirituality," and telling tales about his encounters with powerful men of the east.the Patriots?

You might recall that Kraft in 2005 joined a cadre of businessmen to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg. The Patriots owner walked into that meeting with a jewel-lacedSuper Bowl XXXIX ring on his finger, but left empty-handed.

"I showed the president my most recent Super Bowl ring," Kraft said at the time, per The Boston Globe. Putin "was clearly taken with its uniqueness ... at that point, I decided to give him the ring as a symbol of the respect and admiration that I have for the Russian people and the leadership of President Putin."

Not so fast. Kraft now admits Putin nabbed the ring -- worth upwards of $25,000 -- without his consent.

"I took out the ring and showed it to (Putin)," Kraft said this week, per the New York Post. "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."

Kraft kept his wits about him and complied with a call from the White House, in which a George W. Bush handler told him: " 'It would really be in the best interest of U.S.-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present."

I had an opportunity to chat with Kraft in the hours before Super BowlXLVI, and asked him which of his Super Bowl victories meant the most. "That's like asking about different children," he said. "Every child is special."

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KRAFT JUST DIDN'T UNDERSTAND. PUTIN IS A RUSSIAN, AND RUSSIANS ARE STRONG ARM GUYS. THEY TAKE WHAT THEY WANT. KRAFT DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT HE WASN'T IN AN NFL OWNERS MEETING. AND HE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THAT PUTIN HAS MORE POWER THAN EVEN HE DOES. BUT KRAFT DOES UNDERSTAND MONEY. NOW HE UNDERSTANDS HE'S OUT OF A $25,000 RING.biggrin.png

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Now i know why tebow was signed. Bill needed to get his spirituality right with God before the season started.

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