And now the ring story surfaces again. I love the story because it gives me such mixed feelings. One minute it makes me dislike Patriots owner Robert Kraft, but then the other it makes me want to spit upon the Motherland of Russia.
I’d like to be a fly on the wall when the two powerful men interacted, but if I had to guess, I would say it probably went a little something like this.
Personally, I think Putin needs to throw that ring in a box and ship it right over to Gillette Stadium. Regardless if it was a gift, donation, or souvenir it belongs on the ring finger of the classiest man in New England and best owner in the National Football League. Also, why was Bob Kraft in Russia in the first place? The guy has absolutely no business being over there, especially when the Patriots were on the verge of building a super-dynasty in 2005.
The Kraft Group tried to twist Kraft’s words into something more politically correct so we don’t have Cold War II on our hands, but I don’t believe this pseudo-apology for a second:
“It’s a humorous, anecdotal story that Robert re-tells for laughs. He loves that his ring is at the Kremlin and, as he stated back in 2005, he continues to have great respect for Russia and the leadership of President Putin. In particular, he credits President Putin for modernizing the Russian economy. An added benefit from the attention this story gathered eight years ago was the creation of some Patriots fan clubs in Russia.”
Clearly, Kraft wants that ring back. No one gives up a Superbowl ring just for a quick story and a few laughs at a cocktail party. If he wants a story that can get some laughs just crack out the one about his sexy girlfriend and their staged audition for some b-level TV show.