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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Rams Owner Kroenke Won't Return St. Louis Mayor's Phone Calls

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Will the Rams still be in St. Louis in 2016? Only "Silent" Stan Kroenke knows. - THEO WELLING
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  • Will the Rams still be in St. Louis in 2016? Only "Silent" Stan Kroenke knows.

Billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams (and notorious asshole) "Silent" Stan Kroenke is living up to his nickname.

Kroenke has yet to say anything publicly about Monday's expected-but-still-bombshell news that he and the owners of Hollywood Park are planning an 80,000-seat stadium near Los Angeles that could be the possible future home of St. Louis' NFL team.

Turns out, he won't even return St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay's phone calls.

"He hasn't responded," mayoral spokeswoman Maggie Crane tells the Associated Press about Kroenke. "He hasn't called back, he hasn't done anything."

See also: Joe Buck: My Father Wouldn't Have Let Kroenke Stay Silent on Rams Future

Kroenke hasn't responded to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's outreach either, Slay said in a Wednesday interview with St. Louis Public Radio.

"After a while you sort of get the hint," Jeff Rainford, the mayor's chief of staff, tells the Associated Press.

Both Slay and Nixon have spent the week reassuring St. Louis that it's good enough, it's smart enough, and doggone it, people like us enough to host an NFL franchise -- the key word there being "an."

On Friday, two St. Louis business leaders are expected to release their report on how to keep professional football in the Lou. Kroenke has until the end of the month to decide to move to a year-to-year lease on the Edward Jones Dome.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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