(USA Today) -- The summer after his New England Patriots won their third Super Bowl under his ownership, Robert Kraft and a number of other prominent American businessmen took a trip to Russia to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Kraft returned to the U.S. without his Super Bowl XXXIX ring, which he claimed at the time he had given to Putin as a gift. Now Kraft has a new spin on the story.
Via the New York Post:
Kraft explained the incident happened while Sandy Weill and other business execs were in St. Petersburg. "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 told the crowd at Carnegie Hall's Medal of Excellence gala at the Waldorf-Astoria."I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."
That's right, Vladimir Putin pocketed the New England Patriots' owner's Super Bowl ring. Kraft told the crowd that he later received a call from the Bush White House strongly advising him to say he gave the ring as a gift in order to help with U.S.-Russian relations. So Kraft did just that, which I guess was what he figured was his......ahem.....Patriotic duty.