Report: Kroenke pledges to keep Rams in St. Louis
Stan Kroenke has spoken and his words ought to make Missourians feel a little bit better when it comes to his bid to take over full control of the St. Louis Rams.
Speaking to Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in his first interview since the minority owner of the Rams announced he would attempt to buy the remaining 60 percent from Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, Kroenke said he has no intentions of moving the team to Los Angeles.
Kroenke declined to discuss details of his efforts to run an end around when it comes to the NFL’s cross-ownership rules, or a report that he’s asked Shahid Khan for "a mid- to high eight-figure fee" to drop out of the bidding process and allow the Illinois businessman to continue in his effort to purchase the club.
But Kroenke defended his track record in Missouri, including the work he’s done for football in St. Louis, helping to bring a franchise there and then purchasing 40 percent of the club from Georgia Frontiere.
"I'm going to attempt to do everything that I can to keep the Rams in St. Louis," Kroenke told Miklasz. "Just as I did everything that I could to bring the team to St. Louis in 1995. I believe my actions speak for themselves.
"There's a track record. I've always stepped up for pro football in St. Louis. And I'm stepping up one more time."
Kroenke has a home in Southern California, but he lives in Columbia, Mo., and has deep roots in the state.
"I'm born and raised in Missouri," Kroenke said. "I've been a Missourian for 60 years. People in our state know me. People know I can be trusted. People know I am an honorable guy."
Still, there are questions about the Rams’ future in St. Louis and Miklasz reports that the club has a pretty clear out of its lease in the Edward Jones Dome after the 2014 season.
"I'll do my damnedest," Kroenke said to keep the Rams in St. Louis for the long haul.
Hey, they don’t call it the Show-Me state for nothing.
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