Patriots Owner: Vladimir Putin Stole My Super Bowl Ring

Patriots Owner Vladimir Putin Stole My Super Bowl RingNew England Patriots owner Robert Kraft told people for years that he gave Russian president Vladimir Putin one of his Super Bowl rings, but according to a report from the New York Post, Putin actually stole the $25,000 ring.

‘Diamond-encrusted’

Kraft explained the incident to those in attendance at Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence gala, saying, “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.’ I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”

While the Patriots owner continued to tell officials that he wanted his personalized 4.94-carat diamond-encrusted ring back, the White House reiterated that it would be best to claim it was a gift and leave it at that. Kraft obviously still wants his ring back after all these years, but it is still reportedly in the possession of the Russian people in the Kremlin library.


‘Re-tells for laughs’

The Patriots have released a statement around the story, saying that it’s just a funny story Kraft likes to tell, per NFL.com.

“It’s a humorous, anecdotal story that Robert re-tells for laughs,” Pats spokesperson Stacey James said. “He loves that his ring is at the Kremlin and, as he stated back in 2005, he continues to have great respect for Russia and the leadership of President Putin. In particular, he credits President Putin for modernizing the Russian economy. An added benefit from the attention this story gathered eight years ago was the creation of some Patriots fan clubs in Russia.”

Should Vladimir Putin just give that Super Bowl ring back to Robert Kraft? Feel free to pitch in your thoughts regarding this latest sports issue! Let your voice be heard via the comment box below!

Source: Donald Wood, Bleacher Report

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Women’s Struggle Against Sexual Objectification

We currently live in a time where women’s bodies and sexualities have become modern battlegrounds. The headlines shout about an American professor who stirred controversy by breastfeeding in class; Kate Middleton’s topless photos; a young mother breastfeeding her toddler on Time magazine’s cover; the punk band Pussy Riot jailed for 2 years in a Russian prison after a very revealing performance and women protesters in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring being imprisoned and subjected to vaginal exams for “virginity tests.”

Today’s culture is so hypersexualized that pornography is now available 24/7. However, female nudity is not considered scandalous anymore and is actually more commodified than before. Rather, what is considered scandalous is when women take a step to assert ownership of their own bodies. Surprisingly, strip dancing is not considered disruptive in Moscow, but when three rockers stage high kicks and make funny comments about Vladimir Putin, officials say they are threats to social order and must be imprisoned.


In the constant struggle over sex, we are faced with tough choices: Who should have reproductive rights? When, when, how, and by whom should breasts be exposed? Who should we label as “slut” and who should we not? Who should be subjected to hard labor for exercising their right to define their sexual and artistic identities?

The sexual revolution has passed us by, and yet women still do not have real sexual freedom — not just here, but worldwide as well. Based on the countless struggles and lawsuits we have seen around this issue, woman are still not entirely free to express the meanings of their bodies, sexual desires without fear of being punished — by significant others and by the state, and the right to sexual pleasure and freedom without being publicly humiliated.

Until time comes that real freedom for women is at hand, we just have to edify Lisa Brown, Pussy Riot, and the young women of Tahrir Square to continue fighting for freedom to label our bodies and establish our identities.

 Do you agree that women’s bodies are very objectified in our present culture? Share your thoughts on this note!

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