A Kremlin official insisted yesterday that the ring was a gift and had been sent to the Kremlin library, where other foreign offerings are kept. "Such a present was made," the official said.
Fortunately, Mr Kraft can spare his 2005 ring because he has two others from previous years. The Patriots have won the Super Bowl three times in the past four seasons.
Patriots supporters took solace in the thought that perhaps the Russian leader was a huge fan of their team. (News.com.au, 07/01/05.)
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has made a statement.