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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Follow-up on Kraft & Super Bowl ring

By Mike Reiss

On Saturday, Robert Kraft's remarks from the Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence gala at the Waldorf-Astoria were relayed, as they were reported by the New York Post's "Page 6" section.

Specifically, Kraft's story about how his Super Bowl ring ended up in the possession of Russian president Vladimir Putin generated interest. As did Kraft telling the crowd, according to the Post, that he really wanted it back.

All of which has led to the following statement from a Kraft spokesman today:

"It's a humorous, anecdotal story that Robert re-tells for laughs. He loves that his ring is at the Kremlin and, as he stated back in 2005, he continues to have great respect for Russia and the leadership of President Putin. In particular, he credits President Putin for modernizing the Russian economy. An added benefit from the attention this story gathered eight years ago was the creation of some Patriots fan clubs in Russia."