The international Super Bowl ring saga continues. However, instead of the potential cold shoulder from Russia some within the White House were expecting, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been extended an olive branch by president Vladimir Putin.
During a speech recently, Kraft told a crowd that the Russian head of state had stolen one of his Super Bowl rings in 2005. However, at the time, the US government had politely requested Kraft announce that the ring itself was a gift to the Kremlin, and recently a spokeman for Putin reiterated that it was believed to be a present in the first place.
Kraft eventually conceded that the ring was a gift, sort of. Now, while the $25,000 piece of jewelry is currently on display in the Kremlin’s library, one of the most powerful people in the world has offered to buy Kraft a new ring. A better ring. A ring so glorious that it will be passed down from generation to generation like a precious artifact.
Putin was asked about the ring during an economic forum in St. Petersburg.
“If it is such a big treasure for Mr. Kraft and the team … I have a suggestion,” Putin said, via Tom Curran of CSN New England. “I will ask a jewelry firm to make a really good and big thing, so everyone will see it is a luxury piece, made of quality metal and with a stone, so this piece will be passed from generation to generation in the team whose interests are represented by Mr. Kraft. This would be the smartest solution partners can ever achieve while tackling such a complicated international problem.”
While we’re pretty sure Kraft will appreciate the new ring, the billionaire could probably do without the sarcasm.
[H/T: Pro Football Talk]