Russian off with Super Bowl ring

Russian off with Super Bowl ring
June 16, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Some advice for Steve Bisciotti: If you ever happen to have a meeting with a powerful foreign leader, leave your Super Bowl ring at home.

The Ravens owner could learn from the example of Robert Kraft. The Patriots owner last week recounted how in 2005 he joined American businessmen in meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin. Kraft was showing Putin his Patriots Super Bowl ring, and Putin walked off with it.

“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, according to the New York Post (via Pro Football Talk). “I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”

Kraft said he was advised by the Bush White House not to make a big deal about it, because that might have damaged U.S.-Russia relations.

However, a spokesman for Putin said Sunday that the ring — now on display at the Kremlin with other state gifts — clearly was a present.

“What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird,” Dmitry Peskov said. “I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift.”

Among the many comments on this story at Pro Football Talk, the best might be the one about how Putin’s action was just an example of the tuck rule.