Remember when Vlad Putin stole Robert Kraft’s ring?
— NFL (@NFL) January 19, 2017
The kicker to all this is that Kraft wanted to get the ring back but was strongly persuaded by the George W. Bush White House to let it go.
“I really didn’t (want to). I had an emotional tie to the ring, it has my name on it,” Kraft said in 2013. “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.'”
So that’s what Kraft did, releasing a statement describing the ring — valued at $25,000 — as a gift to the Russian president. Meanwhile, how about Putin’s initial reaction to putting the ring on? Buckle up, folks.