A spokesman for Vladimir Putin said the assertion this week by Robert Kraft that the New England Patriots owner didn't give the Russian President his 2005 Super Bowl ring as a gift is "weird."
At a gala at the Waldorf-Astoria on Thursday, Kraft said Putin apparently was impressed enough with the diamond-encrusted ring that he just decided to keep it. He tried it on, slipped it in his pocket and off he went.
Kraft wanted the ring back. Still does. But said a Russian security force was around Putin and ushered him away. Later, Kraft was contacted by the White House and was advised as a diplomatic gesture not to ask for the return of the $25,000 ring.
"I took out the ring and showed it to him, and he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring,'" Kraft said this week, according to a story in the New York Post. "I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."
A spokesman for Putin told CNN on Sunday said the ring was definitely a gift.
"What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird," said Dmitry Peskov. "I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift."
---Defensive tackle Richard Seymour was unable to reach an agreement on a contract with the Atlanta Falcons, multiple media outlets reported.
Seymour is still open to signing with the Falcons before training camp, but contract talks have been halted for now.
Seymour, 33, started eight games for the Oakland raiders last season.
---Former NFL wide receiver and potential Hall of Famer Terrell Owens visited another former wide receiver, Chad Johnson in an Florida jail on Saturday, and came away hoping never to have to go near a jail every again.
"That was the 1st time ever visiting someone in jail & hopefully the last. That's not a place anyone wants to be regardless of how many days," a humble Owens tweeted.
---New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes revealed that his Lisfranc fracture was diagnosed as a Grade 4 injury, which is the most serious form of that injury, ESPNNewYork.com reported.
According to the report, the foot injury included a joint separation and a muscle tear in the middle. Holmes had a plate removed during a surgery in March, but two screws will remain in his foot permanently.
Holmes is hoping to be back for the beginning of training camp, but that seems optimistic, especially since Holmes has not even begun jogging.