Kroenke says he didn’t want to, ‘be a victim’ in Rams relocation
ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – The LA Times scored the first interview with Rams owner Stan Kroenke after the relocation announcement. Reporters asked him about how he felt about leaving St. Louis. His response may shock some local football fans. He said he didn’t want to be the victim.
Q: How do you feel about leaving St. Louis?
Kroenke: It truly is bittersweet. I grew up in Missouri, and there’s a lot of wonderful people in St. Louis and Missouri. I’ll always feel that way about Missouri. I never dreamed I’d be put in this position. But at the same time, you’re not going to sit there and be a victim.
The 68-year-old billionaire real estate developer and sports mogul also owns NBA and NHL teams in Denver along with English soccer team Arsenal plus other sports-related businesses. He tells the LA times that the perspective of 40 years of shaped his attitude about the relocation.
The move was tough but, “We’ve been through so many of these projects, and we’re long-term investors. That’s why we did what we did and stuck our neck out that far.”