Robert Kraft's Claim Against Russian President Vladimir Putin Not a Good Sign

By Devin O'Barr
Robert Kraft enjoys an AFC championship
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Winning the Super Bowl means a lot to most NFL franchises, but apparently the New England Patriots owner can’t even recall what exactly happened to his Super Bowl XXXIX ring.

The team that Robert Kraft put on the field in 2005 was absolutely stacked as Tom Brady was at the helm and Corey Dillon cemented in the backfield. Not to mention, the stout Patriots defense was built from the ground up with players like Tedy Bruschi and Asante Samuel anchoring the defensive attack. With all of the time that Kraft spent formulating this team, you would think that he would remember what he did with the Super Bowl ring it won him, right?

No. Apparently, the Pats’ owner is unsure whether he gave the ring to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a gift, or if Putin simply ripped it out of his hands.

At 72 years old, Kraft could easily be a victim of long-term memory loss — this is the same guy who let Wes Welker walk and replaced him with Danny Amendola, so who knows?

Either way, Putin and Kraft are in a stout battle of he said, he said, yet the report is only getting stranger considering Kraft has contradicted himself when recalling the event more than once. The best quote out of this whole saga is from Kraft, who references some advice that the infamous ex-United States President George W. Bush gave Kraft:

“It would really be in the best interest of United States-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present.”

As if two terms of incompetence wasn’t bad enough, Bush is now responsible for a Super Bowl ring winding up overseas — smooth move, W.

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