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. Tim

    Holy moly. Make another one already and shut up about it. Who cares if Putin stole a superbowl ring. There are bigger fish to fry out there and causing tension over a ring? REALLY? John McCain you used to have a good case for your opinions but now its just like ughhh him again?

    September 4, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  2. chris

    Putin, give back the ring. What makes you think your entitled? I hate the Pats but I hate commies even more.

    September 4, 2013 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  3. Jimmy Lim

    PUTIN is a tyrant n ruthless man

    September 4, 2013 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  4. Ill runaway

    The ring belongs to Putin. The US govenrment needs to focus on the problems of the people, not the rich people who show off their riches and lose it.

    September 4, 2013 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  5. Joy

    Just the news that we might attack Syria shaked the economy. Let's take care of our own problem and let the barbarians kill each other. Putin, please give the ring back.

    September 4, 2013 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  6. ronjayaz

    Hilarious childishness. To the funny farm!

    September 4, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  7. Chimera

    People like McCain are the reason Australia has a mandatory retirement age of 65 for politicians, judges and civil servants. It keeps the old senile old dodderers, generational dinosaurs and those still fighting long gone ideological battles out of our lives.

    September 4, 2013 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  8. DRubble

    Yeah. Give us back that stupid big ostentatious ring back. America!

    September 4, 2013 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  9. Name

    I believe the ring was a gift, we should not interfered that in political agenda. Move on to the next chapter. Plse

    September 4, 2013 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  10. Matt Cusumano

    The ring was a gift, and this guy wants to get some publicity. Maybe he was drunk when he gave it to Putin, or maybe he was star struck, then thought better of it. If I were Putin, I'd keep the ring, and never give it back.

    September 4, 2013 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  11. LBB

    McCain, focus!

    September 4, 2013 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  12. 1bogey

    Private property and rights are not a concept that Russian kleptocracy grasp

    September 4, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  13. well

    it's normal. every Russian loves stealing :).

    September 4, 2013 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  14. anon

    Kraft: Here you go Mr. Putin have a gander at this baby.
    Putin: Niiiiiiiiiceeeee I like.
    Kraft: Ok Mr. Putin I gotta get going so I'll take that ring back.
    Putin: What ring?

    September 4, 2013 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  15. thelegend9185

    Isn't it nice to know our international diplomatic priorities are in order.

    September 4, 2013 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  16. surfsock1

    Keep the ring but take McCain and Obama. I'll throw in my wife's famous steak and kidney pie recipe.

    MaCain..if you ever read these will be remembered for these things and not for any good you've ever done.

    September 4, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  17. Dan

    CNN like many other news agency's can report on this funny us-Russia relations story, but can't seem to report on Putin's response to the allied plan on action in Syria. Really?

    September 4, 2013 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  18. pbernasc

    now that says a lot about Putin, doesn't it?

    September 4, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  19. Getoverit

    @ LouAZ
    Oh, gawd, John is ready to start WW III over some stupid NBA ring.
    I wish I was as smart as you think you are.

    September 4, 2013 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  20. travis

    McCain is talking about ring around the toilet.

    September 4, 2013 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  21. Getoverit

    If Obama wanted it back, it would be a national emergency. Lighten up, Liberal clowns.

    September 4, 2013 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  22. Danny

    Actually, if Putin gives the ring to Obama it's legally a gift at that point, and becomes the property of the citizens of the United States. This guy is screwed either way. Why was this guy meeting Putin anyway, and why was he handing him jewelry? Sounds like a airport mens room type scandal to me.

    September 4, 2013 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  23. David Adams

    It is obvious that us Americans does not desire to have WMD unleashed on anyone in the world. However. my concerns are for our nation to recover from an overextending military series of conflicts that has costed this nation dearly. In the past decade the more we have been involved it seems the more the conflicts has risen. We have seen this internationally as well as domestically. It appears to me that as soon as we get some small economic improvements, someone has to start another military conflict which drives death toll up, and the deficit out of control. Roman history will tell you what we are doing to ourselves.

    September 4, 2013 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  24. M.A.P.

    Really? A Superbowel ring? That's his main concern with Russia? Everytime he speaks I just think – "thank GOD he didn't win the white house".

    September 4, 2013 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  25. Dan

    Bring back Snowden too Russia!

    September 4, 2013 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
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