ST. LOUIS — Three days after St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s Los Angeles relocation application admonishing the city was released to the public, the St. Louis stadium task force offered a formal, detailed response.
In a five-page letter sent to the league office as well as the NFL’s 32 owners Friday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s task force took Kroenke and the Rams to task for what they believe to be an over the top attack on St. Louis and its fans.
“We were not prepared, however, for the cruel attack and false claims made by our local team owner, to his league peers, in an attempt to punish and embarrass St. Louis,” the letter said. “No matter the justification for relocation — and the falsehoods in the Statement of Reasons strongly suggest the Rams have no justification to vacate St. Louis — the style in which their point was made was unprecedented, personal, groundless and unbecoming of a steward representing what we feel is the greatest professional sports league in the world.”
The letter begins by calling the upcoming decision on whether the Rams, San Diego Chargers and/or Oakland Raiders will be allowed to relocate to Los Angeles “one of the most important decisions the NFL will ever make.”
From there, the task force goes point by point in an effort to refute Kroenke’s claims, especially the ones centered on St. Louis’ ability to support three professional sports teams, the viability of the task force’s stadium proposal on the city’s north riverfront and what it believes are falsehoods about the lease, the arbitration and their effect on relocation.