Pats' Owner Kraft Has Won Five Rings, but One Belongs to Putin

Robert Kraft holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl 51 in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 5, 2017.

Photographer: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Houston (AP) -- Of the five Super Bowl rings Robert Kraft has earned as owner of the New England Patriots, one of them has an unlikely owner: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kraft took part in a recent NFL Network series of interviews about Super Bowl rings and retold a story about his ring from 2005's Super Bowl 39. He says he was on a business trip to Russia later that year when he showed the ring to Putin. Kraft says Putin put on the ring and didn't give it back.

A Putin spokesman said in 2013 that the ring was a gift and the Russian leader would send Kraft a replacement if he wanted. The spokesman says Kraft's ring is on display at the Kremlin.


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