Originally written on Down and Distance  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Afc_championship_san_3899
President Vladimir Putin is taking a bit too much interest in Kraft’s Super Bowl XXXIX ring. -AP Photo Back in 2005, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft joined a framework of businessmen to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg.  Kraft was fashionably equipped with a jewel-laced Super Bowl XXXIX ring on his finger, but left with a much lighter hand. “I showed the president my most recent Super Bowl ring,” Kraft said back in ’05, as 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.” That was Kraft’s words back then, but the Patriots owner has a different story now.  Kraft admits that Putin walked off with the ring, a $25,000 piece of hardware that not just anyone can obtain, without his consent. “I took out the ring and showed it to Putin,” Kraft said this week, as 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.” After the incident, Kraft received a call from the White House.  Then President George W. Bush’s 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 personally don’t feel that a pursuit by Kraft towards his prized ring would have created the next world war, but you can’t just let someone jack your possessions.  The item was not something petty like a pen or a handkerchief.  A Super Bowl ring is like a baby that you cherish and hold forever, and President Vladimir Putin kidnapped Kraft’s ‘child’. Follow Us On Twitter!  @DownandDistance Sports-Kings Down and Distance Contributor Austin Peat  @PistolPeat187 The post What Really Happened To Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl Ring? appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE - Presented by Sports-Kings.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Paul Pierce: Celtics' Big Three was like 'Holy Trinity'

Cubs reportedly offer Jon Lester more than $135 million

Colin Kaepernick: Jim Harbaugh will be back in 2015

Jeremy Maclin not happy with Riley Cooper’s contract remark

Broncos reportedly waive kicker McManus, sign Connor Barth

Report: Browns not committed to Brian Hoyer long-term

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Pablo Sandoval, Red Sox officially agree to contract

Ex-NFLer passed out in Wendy's drive-thru, arrested for DUI

Ex-NFL DB Fred Smoot arrested on domestic assault charges

Jets’ Sheldon Richardson: ‘I didn’t get drafted to lose games’

Jose Canseco's fiancée Leila Knight breaks it off with slugger

Rex Ryan reportedly wants to start Michael Vick in Week 13

The century's ten most one-sided college football rivalries

WATCH: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of NBA's first month

Sherman mocks NFL media policies in press conference

Why Packers' offense continues to evolve despite success

'Fire Idzik' billboard updated with suggestion for Jets owner

Watt buys pizza, shows gratitude to Houston firefighters, cops

College football's post-Week 13 Playoff projection

Which teams have the best shot at an undefeated season?

Infographic: Terrell Suggs' sack victims after notching 100th

Dude Perfect video features Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll

Rick Pitino 'played four white guys and an Egyptian' in blowout

NFL Power Rankings after Week 12

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Maclin unhappy with Cooper comments

Post-Week 13 CFB Playoff projection

What has Masai Ujiri built in Toronto?

How L.A. should replace Hanley

Lester, Red Sox still talking contract

Why each NFL team should be thankful

Could Kentucky beat the 76ers?

Greatest college football rivalries

LeBron on losing streak: 'I stink'

Report: Manziel, friends get in brawl

Tate: Loss to Pats was 'embarrassing'

Bill Belichick burns Dominic Raiola

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.