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Resemblance to Snidely Whiplash a coincidence

St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke pushed his Inglewood, Calif., football stadium proposal in a 29-page document that trashes St. Louis.
St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke pushed his Inglewood, Calif., football stadium proposal in a 29-page document that trashes St. Louis. AP

Move over “Dollar” Bill Bidwill: Since 1987 you’ve been the most-hated man in St. Louis for taking away the football Cardinals, but now there’s a new crowned prince of darkness.

Stan Kroenke’s bid to move the St. Louis Rams includes an especially nasty 29-page argument as to why Californy is the place he ought to be. Instead of just loading up the truck and moving to Inglewood, he dumped his trash all over the city that kept faith in his losing team and supported him for 21 years.

He claims there was no good-faith effort by the St. Louis community to keep the Rams. He seems to have missed that $1.1 billion stadium proposal and $400 million taxpayer gift. Maybe he should have answered his phone.

He turns up his billionaire nose, sniffs, then calls us ugly.

“No NFL club would be interested in the ... new St. Louis stadium,” his moving papers claim.

He claims the St. Louis market cannot support three pro sports. And he claims sharing a stadium with a pro soccer team would kill his sponsorship dollars.

Apparently that wouldn’t be a problem if he got his wish to share the Inglewood stadium with another NFL team. Logical.

Regardless of the outcome of the NFL owners meeting on Jan. 12-13, it is sad that Kroenke felt the need to beat up on St. Louis to make his proposal look better, and then come back to deliver another swift kick.

What happened during those 21 years to make the Walmart heir from Columbia, Mo., go from a leader in the movement to bring us the Los Angeles Rams to the guy who may well put them back?

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