Report: Kroenke angers NFL owners by trying to avoid legal expenses tied to St. Louis lawsuit


NEW YORK – Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke has reportedly angered his fellow NFL owners by balking at a deal to pay the league’s legal expenses in a suit against the City of St. Louis.

According to a report by ESPN, Kroenke apologized to the other owners for the lawsuit but said it wasn’t his fault. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reportedly asked Kroenke to leave the room, in order to have a Kroenke-free discussion about the lawsuit with the 31 other team owners.

The St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority argue that the NFL broke its own relocation guidelines and cost the city millions in lost revenue. The Rams and other team owners have been involved in the lawsuit over the past four years. So far, the league has been losing in court.

Lawyers for the National Football League and the St. Louis interests suing them over Stan Kroenke’s move of the Rams to Los Angeles were back in a St. Louis circuit courtroom this month. The judge asked sharp questions about why league owners have not turned over their financial records.

The records would help St. Louis attorneys know how much they could seek in damages in the case, which is scheduled to go to trial in January. Rams owner Stan Kroenke has provided 2,300 pages of documents and signed a sworn statement to his net worth.

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