Patriots owner Robert Kraft was honored at Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence gala at the Waldorf-Astoria on Thursday, and his remarks to the crowd were picked up by the New York Post's "Page 6" section.
In particular, Kraft's recollection of a 2005 meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin were of interest to the Post, as Putin came away from the meeting with Kraft's Super Bowl ring.
“I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, ‘I can kill someone with this ring,’” Kraft told the crowd, according to the Post. “I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”
Kraft released a statement at the time saying that he gave the ring to Putin as a gift.
But on Thursday night, he told the crowd that he "really wanted the 4.94-carat bauble back, admitting he’d gotten a call from the George W. Bush-run White House, saying, 'It would really be in the best interest of US-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present.'"
This wasn't the first time the story surfaced, as Kraft's late wife, Myra, said in 2007 that the ring wasn't intended to be a gift.
To read the Post's "Page 6" story on Kraft, CLICK HERE.