September 3rd, 2013
08:50 AM ET
5 years ago

McCain to Russia: Bring back the Super Bowl ring

(CNN) - When a Russian delegation comes to Washington to talk about Syria, Sen. John McCain hopes they bring back New England Patriots' owner Robert Kraft's super bowl ring.

"I was thinking this morning the worst thing you could do in the Old West was to steal another man's horse. I would think in New England the worst thing you can do is steal another man's Super Bowl ring," the Arizona Republican joked Tuesday on CNN's "New Day."

Russian President Vladimir Putin tried on the ring when Kraft met with him during a visit to St. Petersburg in 2005. Kraft said at an event this summer that Putin put it in his pocket and kept it, and that he wants to see it returned, according to the New York Post.

The Patriots' owner said in 2005 he received a call from the White House telling him it would be in the best interest of U.S.-Russian relations to claim it was a gift to Putin, the Post reported. Kraft said in June that he played along. A few days after the 2005 incident, amid confusion as to whether the ring was a present or was kept by mistake, Kraft issued a statement saying it was a gift.

That's the way Putin sees it, too, the president's spokesman said in June.

"What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird," Dmitry Peskov said. "I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift."

Russia, which has major trade deals with Syria, is sending a delegation to Washington for "dialogue" with members of Congress, the Kremlin said Monday.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama leaves Tuesday night for the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Obama is scheduled to meet with Putin during the summit, which runs Thursday and Friday

- CNN's Ashley Killough, Alla Eshchenko and Faith Karimi contributed to this report.

Filed under: John McCain • Russia
soundoff (416 Responses)
  1. ALLuh

    McCain is a joke, feeble old senile whistilin' tooth fella thinks he's funny, he's just a washed up sad clown.

    September 3, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. radgast

    Kraft handed his ring to Putin, now I don't know if it was a gift, doubt it, or Putin snakes out of there with it, but you handed it to the snake and it slithered away, the only thing you get Mr Kraft is to feel dumb. He is a head of state, asking for this back is ignorant. We all learned as children you don't go showing of your valuables if you don't want anything to happen to them. You could have showed him it with it securely on your finger,

    September 3, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Shud'it

    Russia... some balls... they got the ring.. they got Putin... later this week they get Obama... and amid all this, they guarantee the US doesn't take any action at all against Syria... The United States has turned into the 5th grader that is bullied day in and day out for their lunch money. We are weak!

    September 3, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. Richard

    And you wonder why nothing gets done in washington....our representatives are more worried about a stupid ring than what we elected them for.

    September 3, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. john

    This is more evidence that we can't deal with the Russians

    September 3, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. USAPeasant

    Putin = Sauron

    McCain = Gollum

    Lord of the Rings was not fiction! #LOTRConspiracy

    September 3, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. U.S. Citizen

    He definitely threw the election in 2008.

    September 3, 2013 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    In my life's expirence a thief is also a liar. Good Luck at G20.

    September 3, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  9. tbone

    McCain needs to go immediately. He has lost all credibility and quite frankly im sick of his constant push to take this nation to war.

    September 3, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  10. WhatHappenedtoHonor

    Entry Credentials: The ring in one hand; the rat....err...Snowden in one or more suitcases.

    September 3, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Fred

    Return our bowl ring? Seriously? That's what he wants to tell Russia? McCain is nuts.

    September 3, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  12. steve

    That's how things work in the dictatorship known as Russia. In fact, Putin is probably wondering why Kraft wasn't executed for wanting his ring back.

    September 3, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    mccain for president for ever!!!

    September 3, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  14. Scott

    Really!?!? It's a ring!! Just make another one that looks exactly like it.

    September 3, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  15. Whatever

    This guy needs to retire. Going locoooooo.

    September 3, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. Michael

    John.Time to put your feet on the porch and rock.
    Actually the time was probably a few years ago.

    September 3, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. craig

    Note to self: Don't go to a country with nukes spilling out of its orifices, meet with it's effectively autocratic President who is an ex-secret service spy, and show something off to him that he may take a fancy to.

    September 3, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  18. Jay

    I'm so tired of these guys acting like they're five years-old. Were doomed

    September 3, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  19. bill davis

    Old John forgot he lost the election.

    September 3, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  20. TheRonin

    IMcCain is Insane! It amazes me that people actually listen to him.

    September 3, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. hateuall13

    John-Putin will kick your rear end all over the room.

    September 3, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Words start wars Mr Mccain

    September 3, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  23. NavyVet12yrs


    Agree, caught playing online poker because he couldn't be expected to pay attention for 3 1/2 hours worth of debate about our country taking military action? He's basically saying "Screw you..I'm a Senator..I do what I want!"

    September 3, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. cranston moblaunce III

    Rather have SNOWDEN the traitor returned...

    September 3, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  25. Denese

    Better do it Putin before someone draws another red line!!

    September 3, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
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