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. Sniffit

    Old man yells at clouds. Story at 11.

    September 3, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Anonymous

    note to self...Don't bring anything of value when visiting Putin. He's a thief.

    September 3, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. george

    is there any other senator in either party as trivial and useless than McCain????? the years in Vietnam had been used by this man in a very empty but selfish way....... a whole life living from the taxpayer with the excuse of "serving the people"............

    September 3, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Tony

    Ask Putin to return the NSA leaker. Forget about the Super Bowl ring.

    September 3, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Bill

    Isn't McCain looking more silly these days? I wonder if politicians actually realize how brainless they look?

    September 3, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. snowdogg

    Robert... good luck getting your ring returned! My money is on you'll have to pry it from Putin's cold, dead fingers.

    September 3, 2013 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Thomas

    Corrupt countries have corrupt leaders .

    Russa and China love siting back an watching America fight wars , spend recourses .

    Proxy wars all over again .

    September 3, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. VonPapen

    Typical Russians. They are like Bizarro Americans. Parking on the wrong side of the street. Shooting at us. Stealing our Super Bowl rings.

    September 3, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Anonymous

    wow this is news ha

    September 3, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  10. mirageseekr

    Mc Shame, is a brain damaged war monger who needs to be removed with the rest of the Washington garbage.

    September 3, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. BeJust101

    McCain needs to check his dementia. Maybe we need a rule to kick out people with dementia from our legislative bodies?

    September 3, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  12. ST

    Sen. McCain please separate apples and oranges. This is not the time to deal with that issue, though I know if someone intends to give a present, it will be wrapped up in a nice paper, and few words will be said from the giver. That was not the case anyway/anyhow. Nevertheless, McCain, your message is well received BUT you brought it up at the wrong time.

    September 3, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. Anon

    Sellers remorse. First he gave the ring to Putin and then he regrets it. Sheesh. This is news?

    September 3, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. Snarky MacFee

    Is there ANY way we can get this senile old bugger and his friend Pat Robertson into a QUIET nursing facility. These two withered old men need to get a GRIP!!!! Listen, Old Man, if you want a war go fight it yourself! Are we war profiteering here? Seems our whole govt is intent on signing up for yet ANOTHER war. You can find money to help the veterans, disabled, or to even educate our kids, but you all sure find the dough to KILL! This country's government has no heart nor soul anymore, just another over-glutted corporation interested in world piracy!

    September 3, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Snarky MacFee

    I mean they *CANNOT find money to keep up the homefront, but find all kinds of booty to go kill others !

    September 3, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Jay Traveller

    What a great idea it is to bring back the Cold War. I love it!!

    September 3, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. JoeyTx

    Speaking of corrupt countries, what is the difference in America. Well, I guess we are smooth about it and give it a different name than what it is – Like campaign contribution instead of bribery. Oh don't forget the "fine print" when you are about to be screwed. Give me a break!

    September 3, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  18. Tampa Tim

    Joey – the only people who are about to be screwed are those living under a republican governor in red states. By refusing federal money to provide for the ACA, their premiums will rise and over a third of their population will not have access to health care. Fortunately seniors will have a safety net with social security and Medicare, and will be all right.

    September 3, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. eyesalve

    He actually still disputes the fact that the Syrian "rebels" are foreign fighters and jihadists - said he's got photos to prove it!

    September 3, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  20. Dave

    (In my best President Obama voice),,, get Super Agent Dennis Rodman on the hot line and NOW!

    September 3, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. paul

    our senator does not have enough balls to fight the syrian war , but he would go to war over a worthless ring,
    it was a gift pure and simple, he passed it to him and he tried it on he gave it to him, tell kraft to tend to his noodles.
    and please john try and put some time in running the country, the american agenda is to slam dunk russia and china, it won,t work , those are intelligent heads of state try getting along with someone in this old world.

    September 3, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. David

    He can keep the ring, IF he agrees to stay out of Syria.

    September 3, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. wendel

    putin is a little man with a big head. He thinks he is really tough. I guess the ring makes him feel important. Poor jerk. Glad Mc Caine is backing the president for a change.

    September 3, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Mark V

    ...and thus started the War of the One Ring.

    September 3, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. anonymouse

    CNN your news is becoming more and more stupid. Just go away already

    September 3, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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