Vladimir Putin stole Bob Kraft's Super Bowl ring

Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

Kraft's Patriots allegedly filmed the Steelers' signals in the AFC Championship game leading into the Super Bowl championship from which Kraft received a ring. Is this Karma?

The adage "what goes around, comes around" is usually used in reference to a story of revenge. Whether the actions that are coming around are truly connected to what had previously gone around is usually debatable, depending on which side an observer favors.

Let's try this one on for size.

Patriots owner Bob Kraft mentioned Friday Russian President Vladimir Putin stole his Super Bowl XXXIX ring. According to Kraft, he showed it to Putin, who put it in his pocket and left the room while three KGB agents blocked his path.

Kraft's Patriots won the Super Bowl that year after defeating the Steelers in the AFC Championship game. They've been accused of secretly videotaping the Steelers' signals and used them in that game. The Steelers had throttled the Patriots earlier in that season, but struggled greatly to move the ball in the conference title game.

In what seems like a simple act of thievery by a head of state, one could (and many do) the Patriots got that ring by cheating - therefore, in the end, Kraft got what he deserved.

The whole thing is just weird, and I'll be the first in line to say the team that deserved to win that game won it. But still...maybe Putin and/or the KGB knew something we didn't.

Just sayin'.

As for the rest of it, it's laughably absurd, as a New York Post report of the story suggests Putin is a bully on the same level as Biff Tannen, and the U.S. Government basically told Kraft to shut up and deal with it.

But Kraft really wanted the 4.94-carat bauble back, he said Thursday, admitting he'd gotten a call from the George W. Bush-run White House, saying, "‘It would really be in the best interest of US-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present." (In fact the Soviet Union had collapsed 14 years earlier.)

But, Kraft said, "I really didn't [want to]. I had an emotional tie to the ring, it has my name on it. I don't want to see it on eBay. There was a pause on the other end of the line, and the voice repeated, ‘It would really be in the best interest if you meant to give the ring as a present.' " The ring is now reportedly kept in the Kremlin library.

Whether things are coming around for Kraft or not, the idea of a head of state flat-out stealing from a visiting dignitary is hilarious, and, unfortunately, two decades too late to be the plot of an action movie, or even an addition to the script of Rocky IV.


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