On Saturday, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft revealed, according to the New York Post, the real story behind his meeting with Vladimir Putin.
Putin who is already notorious for his carefree ways was called a ‘thief’ by Kraft who alleged that he had intended to only show Putin the soon-to-be controversial Super Bow ring, worth more than $25,000, but that Putin had pocketed it.
The Russian President’s spokesman Dmitri Peskov replied to the accusation by saying that the ring was meant to be a gift and Kraft himself offered it to Putin. He also suggested the American business magnate should see a psychoanalyst!
Whatever the truth might be, the controversy has prompted negative remarks for Vladimir Putin as well as a White House petition urging the return of Robert Kraft's stolen Super Bowl XXXIX ring. This sounds serious because if the petition meets a certain threshold of signatures, it will be reviewed by officials in the government’s administration and an official response will be issued.
The petition was submitted on June 15, interestingly in the category of ‘Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement.’ It reads:
“In June of 2005, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft visited Russia and, in an act of American diplomacy, took off his Super Bowl ring and showed it to Vladimir Putin. After he was done looking at it the Russian President, instead of returning it to its rightful owner, stole the ring with the help of KGB agents, putting it in his pocket and walking away. Whether you love the Patriots or hate them, it is clear we can not have such a symbol of American sports prowess on illegal display in the Kremlin. We petition the Obama administration to seek the return of the ring to Kraft, be it through diplomacy, economic sanctions, or even the threat of military action.”
As of now the petition has received only seven signatures but people on Twitter, however, have a lot to day to Putin about this:
Vladimir Putin is a thief— Michelle (@IsleGyrl) June 17, 2013
Putin is a thief, Robert Kraft has no reason to lie about Putin's thievery. Putin is a no good robber that took advantage of Mr. Kraft. cont— WackoBird King (@yaking65) June 16, 2013
@alexnepom looks like vLADimir Putin is a thief OMG lol :') so funny, he is such a goon!— Medvedevs no.1 girl (@MrsEstherPutin) June 16, 2013
.@KremlinRussia_E Putin is a thief - at the very least. Give the ring back to Kraft. Shame on Putin. Shame.— RQ Skye (@rqskye) June 15, 2013
Apparently it's "psy-ops" to now imply that Russian autocrat Vladimir Putin is a thug— Anang (@anangbhai) June 16, 2013
Vladimir Putin stole a superbowl ring. That's that real thug life.— Kirzia Steele (@lady_of_steele) June 15, 2013
Do you really think Putin is a thief? You can share your views in the comments section.