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. cbp

    Perhaps these Russians will understand that the Assad regime has gone beyond the limits by using poison gas on its children. Perhaps they don't realize just how they were treated during WWII. The Superbowl Ring is no as important as saving children from poison gas.

    September 3, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Kenny Bania

    This just in – Cold War renewed over sports bruhaha.

    September 3, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. Sad Day

    How in the hell is this news? a "he said she said" fight over a damn ring? for the security of our nation is at risk because people lied about a damn ring as a gift or stolen.

    September 3, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. lerxt

    I'm sure that if we annoy him enough, Putin will just give back the ring and then join the NFL this season and win his own Superbowl ring just to stick it everyone.

    September 3, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. Mackayy

    Again were is Obama evidence that Assad regime has use them on his own people and not the rebels. Why is it that they cant seem to come up with it for the rest of the world to see. And why the hell are we risking war for known Al-Qaeda muslim.

    September 3, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. jeff

    Just another fight between ex boyfriends over who gets the jewelry.

    September 3, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. joe d

    putin is just like the rest of the russians , stone age thugs, in a lawless worthless country. the little arrogant thug new what the ring was, looked at it, put it in his pocket and walked away. if mr kraft ever made a mistake like that , that mistake would have been corrected in a new york heart beat. he can send all his little butt kissers to washington all he wants. the birds are coming and Assad is going to pay in a small way for his attack on women and children.

    September 3, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Imma need Mr Mccain to sit his NON RAISING HIS ARMS OVER HIS SHOULDERS DOWN qwasnt his ring in the first place to say it was a gift or not...and he has NO RIGHT to tell someone to return something...I tell you what Mccain since YOU THINK people are suposed to stop and do what you say why dont you just roll up and go sit in a retirement home somewhere becsuae NOONE wants to hear YOUR BS or does anyone even care!!!!!

    September 3, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. bobaussie

    McCain is still sore that he lost the Vietnam war. Grow up McCain, and get with the modern world, or go live with your mormon bashing mom in retirement.

    September 3, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. Reason & Logic

    Tell Putin that the "football" ring he has is not for soccer but for American football and I'm sure he will return it in disgust.

    September 3, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    Another can be made ... let it go for the sake of not seeming absurd.

    September 3, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. Jennifer NY

    McCain was making a joke. He said give us Snowden and you can keep the was funny in the interview.

    September 3, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  13. Dan W

    Come on now, he melted it down.

    September 3, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. gen

    omg had this guy been elected we would have had wwIII byt his first term

    September 3, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  15. Dink_Winkerson

    Cut a deal with O.J. for an early release! He's really good at recovering stolen sports memorabilia.

    September 3, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. gollum

    The one ring that to rule them all!
    -J. R. R. Tolkien

    September 3, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. New England Patriots - Lord of the Rings

    What? Putin wants to be "The Lord of the Rings"? All right then... you asked for it Mr. Putin.... I call for a Judo Match – "Putin Vs. McCain".. Wait... make it "Putin Vs. New England Patriots"

    September 3, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Trery

    whatever... i doubt, very seriously, that Putin stole the ring.

    September 3, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. Geneva

    While McCain probably shouldn't have brought the ring back up, it looks more to me like he was making a joke to dodge a serious questions then actually suggesting that he intended to get the ring back. The article makes it sound much more serious than it actually was.

    September 3, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Seven years on

    Well this is interesting. I'm no fan of Putin. However, everyone in the Patriots' organization have been proven to be liars and cheats, and now he is asking for the ring back seven years later? I'm going with Putin on this one.

    September 3, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  21. mike

    McCain we need to stop fighting israeli religious wars, McCain thinks these jokes are ok at times like this – HE IS WRONG

    September 3, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. drcid777

    Putin, huddling with his advisers: "We'll take the ring, say we thought it was meant as a gift, then feign outrage when accused of theft...Break!"

    September 3, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. Cancerman48

    McCain, should butt out and this whole thing is just "Cannon Fodder" to amuse the masses and keep away from more important issues at hand!

    September 3, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Obamaonedumbsob!

    For Christ's sake...fergit the dayum ring! This is insane behavior during insane the bloke Carlos Dangerous says above, wars have been started over sillier things, but I do not know of any of those that would come close to matching this BS!!!

    September 3, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Jo Se

    OMG. We will trade you One McCain, One Kerry, Two Obamas, and one Billion dollars in exchange!

    September 3, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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