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    Time to declare war

    Russian President Putin pockets Patriot's owners Super Bowl Ring
    29 June 2005

    BOSTON, Massachusetts - Russian President Vladimir Putin walked off with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's diamond-encrusted 2005 Super Bowl ring, but was it a generous gift or a very expensive international misunderstanding?

    Following a meeting of American business executives and Putin at Konstantinovsky Palace near St. Petersburg on Saturday, Kraft showed the ring to Putin -- who tried it on, put it in his pocket and left, according to Russian news reports.

    It wasn't clear if Kraft, whose business interests include paper and packaging companies and venture capital investments, intended that Putin keep the ring.

    Stacey James, a spokesman for the football team, said Wednesday that Kraft was traveling and he hadn't talked to him in four or five days, despite e-mails and calls.

    "He's still overseas, I can't even tell you where. ... He's not due back until next week."

    "It's an incredible story. I just haven't been able to talk to Robert Kraft to confirm the story," James told The Associated Press.

    However, a Kremlin official who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of compromising his position told the AP the ring was a present. "Such a present was made," the official said.

    He said Putin had given the ring to the Kremlin library where other foreign gifts are kept.

    James said the ring's worth was "substantially more" than $15,000, as the value had been reported. He refused to be specific, but noted that the ring has 124 diamonds.

    Kraft handed out Super Bowl rings to players and coaches at his home two weeks ago.

    The Patriots have won three of the last four Super Bowls.

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    Re: Time to declare war

    Sounds like Putin.
    The ex KGB thug.

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    Where is the same public maelstrom for this incident that followed the Daunte incident? I guess that "Kraft's Inferno" doesn't make the same great headline that "Daunte's Inferno" would!
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    I'm tired of all this Bling Bling with the owners. Good I hope this is indication on how their season goes.
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    If you were going overseas why would you take it with you it just makes you a target especially since the ring was valued at over 15k. I personally would be reluctant to wear something that expensive.
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    Re: Time to declare war

    If I was him I would have had my superbowl ring turned into a prince albert, then again Putin probably still would have tried to snatch it.

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    "Del Rio" wrote:
    If I was him I would have had my superbowl ring turned into a prince albert, then again Putin probably still would have tried to snatch it.
    Maybe Putin traded Kraft some Vodka for the ring? I guess we will find out shortly.
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    "Del Rio" wrote:
    If I was him I would have had my superbowl ring turned into a prince albert, then again Putin probably still would have tried to snatch it.
    Those rings are pretty heavy Del, I think I read somewhere 4 or 5 ounces. A baseball weighs 50 ounces, so thats kind of a heavy load to be carrying downstairs

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    If you have baseballs enough to turn your superbowl ring into one I think you could handle it :grin: :grin: :grin:

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