Patriots owner claims Russian president Vladimir Putin pocketed his 2005 Super Bowl ring

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jun 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-15 18:36:51-04

(PIX11)- It is an interesting claim being made.

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is coming out about what really happened when he met with Russian president Vladimir Putin back in 2005.

Until recent revelations, Kraft has stuck with the story that he gave Putin the diamond-encrusted ring as a gift.

Now Kraft is changing his tune.

He says he showed Putin the ring when the were in St. Petersburg for business.

Once he took the ring out, Kraft says Putin put it on his finger, said “I can kill someone with this ring,” put it in his pocket and walked away.

When Kraft demanded it back he said he was advised by then president George W. Bush to give Putin the ring to help keep relations strong between the United States and the Soviets.

The ring is kept in the Kremlin library in Moscow.