This might be the funniest news story of the year: Last Friday, Robert Kraft told a crowd at a New York City fundraiser that Russian president Vladimir Putin effectively stole his Super Bowl ring in 2005, when Kraft was in St. Petersburg with several other business executives. The white collars met Putin as part of their trip, Putin wanted to see the ring, and Kraft placed it in his hand. Putin apparently put it on his finger, said (actually!) "I can KILL someone with this ring," and then walked out of the room with three KGB agents.
Kraft naturally wanted his ring back. But he later got a call from the Bush White House with this message: "It would really be in the best interest of US-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present." The ring sits in a Kremlin museum.
That news broke this weekend. Putin apparently got wind of it, and he released a statement today through a spokesman which says Kraft is lying about the whole thing. Dmitry Peskov told CNN, “What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird. I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift.”
It's important to note that Putin is a former KGB agent who ascended to power in Russia's chaotic 1990s under, uh, mysterious means. He regularly flies fighter jets, swims bare-chested in Siberian rivers, tranquilizes polar bears, and shoots crossbow darts at whales. He saw the worldwide effort to free Pussy Riot, said, "Screw it," and put the members in jail. Kraft now unsuccessfully auditions for roles in The Internship. Don't push this.