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. Hogan's Goat

    We're sorry, Russia. You have old angry uncles of your own, so you know how it is. He'll calm down when he's been fed and burped.

    September 3, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Kyle

    I'm from Arizona, and McCain is an establishment embarrassment. Why did this guy take the ring off to show to Putin the first place if it wasn't meant as a gift.... ? This is obviously a propaganda laced distraction to deter americans from real issues

    September 3, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Red

    McCain kind of grows on you in a weird way.

    September 3, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  4. Lauren

    Russia is coming to talk about Syria and McCain thinks a joke is in order. Russia please don't think our country is as stupid as our leaders and government acts.

    September 3, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Dirt grub

    Shut up McCain! This isn't going to make people like you! If you want to get people to like you, jump off a very high building or walk into on coming traffic

    September 3, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. rufus

    He has had a steady hand on his tiller far too long.

    September 3, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Snoopz

    It seems everyone missed the part where he was joking. CNN even kindly typed it out for you: " the Arizona Republican joked Tuesday on CNN's "New Day." "

    September 3, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  8. brian

    mccain is off his rocker. somebody get the padded wagon

    September 3, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Belseth

    Tired of McCain constantly trying to pick a fight. The guy is a senile loose cannon and needs to go.

    September 3, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Kip Oliver

    And this is why American fails. Remember when we used to love people and use objects? Now we love objects and use people. Kraft can have another ring made if it's that important to him.
    Get real. If someone stole your Stradivarius violin, would want them to give you a replication while they kept the original.

    September 3, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  11. Sane

    I think as you grow old, you brain doesn't function that well.. Most of the elderly senatesmen are proof ?

    September 3, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. Nick

    Just wondering, what size ring is it?

    September 3, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Hogan's Goat

    Remember when this lackwit wanted to be president, and he had that screechy woman in the red dress with him?

    September 3, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. W.

    Would it be possible to offer a Sarah Palin in trade for a slightly worn Super Bowl ring? Neither have much intrinsic value.

    September 3, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. USwatcher

    A gift is a try and claim it back is in extreme poor taste...on a side a diehard Steeler fan...I'd give away a New England ring too.

    September 3, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Monk E. Boy

    Hey Vlad, we'll trade you some drones for the ring!

    September 3, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Mark

    What, did Snowden take that too???

    September 3, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. flycatcher

    One would think a U.S. Senator would have something important to say, but then againg that would imply he has a brain.

    September 3, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Grady

    The word around the Kremlin is that Putin is a bit of a klepto...little things are always missing and later found in his possession..."I don't know how it got there, someone must have left it"...

    September 3, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. boggy11

    I thank God every day for Sara Palin. She insured that John McCain would never become President. He wants to shoot now and Aim latter.

    September 3, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. guest

    I believe the story that the ring was stolen and the "gift" story was the cover up. An original ring is simply too personal an item to just take off and gift. Why not take off your underwear and give that? Clearly he was showing him the ring. If it was his intention to gift it, Kraft would have had a copy made and he would have presented it in a box and Putin would not walk away with it in his pocket. That is custom and protocol for giving a president a gift.

    September 3, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Andy Daniel

    This is silly – it's not a matter between governments. A private individual handed his ring to Mr Putin who probably thought it was a gift. It's not and never was the property of the American people, it's not for the government to even get involved.

    September 3, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Reddog9500

    "My Prescious!!!" Geez, gimme a break. You'd think it was "The Ring to Rule All Others" for crissakes.

    September 3, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. papanez

    Still trying to get New England on the bus for McCain/Palin II in 2016?

    September 3, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  25. CarlosDangerous

    Wars have been started over sillier stuff.

    But this is right up there.

    September 3, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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