Most NFL offseason storylines involve players getting arrested, or charity golf outings, but what we have on our hands here is the makings of a full-on international diplomatic disturbance.
At the very least, it is a really interesting case of he-said, he-said.
During a speech at Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence gala, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft admitted that Russian president Vladimir Putin stole one of his Super Bowl rings during a 2005 meeting in St. Petersburg.
However, the spokesman for Mr. Putin provided his take on the events of the day.
“What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird,” presidential spokesman 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.”
Memories can be a funny thing when national interests are involved.
The piece of NFL history is currently housed in Kremlin’s library, where all official state gifts are kept and stored.
According to the New York Post, Kraft was asked by the White House to pretend as if the ring was, indeed, a gift.
The owner of the Patriots is a patriot. He accepted his country’s approach to the situation for quite a few years. However, he provided what he felt was his — truthful — side of the story at the Gala.