Putin Denies Stealing Patriots Super Bowl Ring

By: CBS/AP (Posted by Kion Hudson)
By: CBS/AP (Posted by Kion Hudson)

(CBS/AP)-- A glittering, $25,000 Super Bowl ring is sitting in the Kremlin's library, but does it belong there?

Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Russian President Valdimir Putin are in an awkward argument seven years after Kraft met up with the Russian president while visiting St. Petersburg. Kraft said he showed him his XXXIX victory ring -- and that's when the stories diverge.

"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,'" Kraft said at a New York City gala Thursday, according the New York Post. "I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."

Putin 's office denied such an event occurred, insisting the Super Bowl ring was a gift from the Patriots owner.

"What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to CNN. "I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift."

He offered no details as to what indicated the ring was a gift.

Kraft released a statement in 2005 saying the ring was indeed a present, but now he claims he only did so at the request of the White House to avoid an uncomfortable situation.


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