Geez. What a great example for Russain youth. It seems that VP stole New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft’s championship ring.
“George W. Bush called him and said it would be in the best interest of United States if he said he gave the ring to Putin as a present.”
Via NY Post:
There’s a widely circulated story about Kraft presenting his Super Bowl XXXIX ring to Putin as a gift, but it turns out that the ring was stolen when Kraft and other prominent business men took a trip to Russia to meet with Putin in 2005. When Kraft tried to retrieve the ring, which is worth more than $25,000, the White House intervened to stop him.
“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 at the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence Gala,as reported by the New York Post.“I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”
Kraft initially issued a statement saying he gave the ring to Putin as a gift, but that wasn’t true. Instead, what happened was that George W. Bush called him and said it would be in the best interest of United States if he said he gave the ring to Putin as a present.
“I had an emotional tie to the ring. It had my name on it,” Kraft said. “I didn’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 New York Post reports that the ring is now displayed in the Kremlin library.