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Rams kick in $25,000 for tornado relief efforts

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Last week, when the Kansas City Chiefs donated $35,000 to the Joplin, Missouri tornado relief efforts, some of you wondered whether the St. Louis Rams would do the same.

Others of you wondered why a billion-dollar business like the Chiefs was coughing up only $35,000.

As it turns out, the Rams will donate $25,000.  The team also will match contributions from its employees.

And, again, some of you may wonder why a billion-dollar business is giving only $25,000.

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36 Responses to “Rams kick in $25,000 for tornado relief efforts”
  1. duanethomas says: May 30, 2011 12:10 AM

    I know how all the pro-owner idiots hate Drew Brees, but his foundation has given over 6 million dollars for the communties of San Diego, New Orleans and West Lafayette. So these “keepers of the game billionaires” who combined have been in their communities for triple the time Brees has been in league combined to give 60K? Over 150 people dead or missing, neighborhood wiped out and you give 25 and 35K. What???? They don’t care about the community except how they can enrich them. Cheap Bastards.

  2. clintonrb says: May 30, 2011 12:13 AM

    I hate this lockout crap

  3. virusgvr says: May 30, 2011 12:26 AM

    25,000 grand!! That’s awful white of them!!! I got a great idea… Maybe they should give what they pay the back up to the back up’s back up salary. I’m sure thats gotta be more than 25 grand.

    Oh wow!!! I can’t wait to see all the comments on this one by the time I go to work.

  4. smacklayer says: May 30, 2011 12:44 AM

    How much did MF or PFT donate?

  5. cup0pizza says: May 30, 2011 12:49 AM

    Nice gesture, but that still seems pretty cheap. Hey, maybe I have a portion of a penny I can contribute! the scale of my donation would be kinda like the Chiefs or Rams.

  6. coachstram says: May 30, 2011 1:06 AM

    As a Missourian, I’m confident I can speak for Joplin when I say, ANYTHING helps.

    My family and I have been very lucky so far this season, couple shingles here, downed tree there, a mailbox, and some patio furniture bit the dust. It truly could have easily been us – or anyone in the midwest, for that matter.

    Take a hard, HARD look at those pictures, fellow PFT’ers, they need help. Please do what you can.

    As for the Rams, not only are they a bit late to the banquet, they came without much tip money for the staff as they were out done by the Chiefs, Cardinals, AND Colts!

    Hell, the donation drives in our neighborhood netted almost 10K in goods.

    Shame on you Rams!

    The reason this is considered a slap in the face is because people expected beter – you let them down.

  7. carson9 says: May 30, 2011 1:28 AM

    This is quite an insult. Teams’s expect blue collar tax payers to flip their stadium bill and give the players tax breaks, but when something tragic happens, the teams donate what amounts to paying Sam Bradford for 4 pass attempts. P A T H E T I C

  8. stairwayto7 says: May 30, 2011 1:32 AM

    $25 grand? What a shame!

  9. bassrecord says: May 30, 2011 2:55 AM

    Um…Is it because they aren’t making any money?

  10. rickysledgehammer says: May 30, 2011 5:04 AM

    The donations from both Missouri teams are cheap and ridiculous.

    Next questions:
    Has the NFL or any other major sports league donated money?

    Has any players association from any major sports league donated any money?

    The answers to those questions will tell you what sports franchises and their employees really think abut the fans.

  11. jcdavey2011 says: May 30, 2011 5:20 AM

    “And, again, some of you may wonder why a billion-dollar business is giving only $25,000.”

    probably cause there’s a f’n lockout going on haha

  12. tnsteve says: May 30, 2011 6:21 AM

    I wonder if either team cut staff pay (or will) but can afford to donate to others….

  13. dawkinseffect says: May 30, 2011 7:07 AM

    They got to save their pennies, there is a lockout going on right now.

    We don’t want them to go bankrupt, now do we?

  14. dietrich43 says: May 30, 2011 7:47 AM

    They didn’t have to give a dollar. I’d like to see them donate more, but they didn’t have to give anything. Be grateful for what you are given.

  15. CKL says: May 30, 2011 7:59 AM

    People who whine about how much a company donated to a charity cause especially when it’s in the five figures are lame and have 0 case unless they have donated more money and time…and then it’s still lame to whine about it.
    It’s a charity for goodness sakes, no one HAS to donate bubkes. Can’t the whiners just lay off an be glad they did something good?

  16. texline1 says: May 30, 2011 8:48 AM

    Really? 25 grand? It isn’t so much that they only “donated” 25 grand, but the fact that they are patting themselves on the back and making sure the public knows. That is tacky. I have also donated 12 cents to help the relief effort.I know it aint much, but think of the publicity I’ll get. Besides, it isn’t like they were donating to a cause in Alaska. It is for folks in their own state. That money wouldn’t cover a third of ONE FAMILY’S LOSSES!! It is condescending. Patronizing MFers!!

  17. gcsuk says: May 30, 2011 9:31 AM

    CKL says:
    May 30, 2011 7:59 AM
    People who whine about how much a company donated to a charity cause especially when it’s in the five figures are lame and have 0 case unless they have donated more money and time…and then it’s still lame to whine about it.
    It’s a charity for goodness sakes, no one HAS to donate bubkes. Can’t the whiners just lay off an be glad they did something good?
    ———————————————–

    The perceived “insult” is from the fact that the area affected (Joplin) is really a fan base for both the Chiefs and the Rams. Kind of shows what both teams think of their fans.

    Remember, these are teams that expect local taxpayers to support their initiatives for a new stadium bill, and support it with their tax dollars.

    If owners (or players) really wanted to do something to garner public sympathy and support for their side in the labor dispute, maybe they could pony up a bit more when the situation arises, like this. Hell, I donated more than this (based on my net worth and income).

  18. descendency says: May 30, 2011 9:55 AM

    How much of that money was player money???

    /badlockoutjoke

  19. krow101 says: May 30, 2011 10:19 AM

    Rich owners don’t stay rich owners by giving away their inheritance.

    You know how much $25,000 is ? Well a typical owner would have to sell almost 3,000 beers to realize that amount.

    Yeah, thanks for nothing.

  20. gdeli says: May 30, 2011 10:30 AM

    not enough you cheap bastards!

  21. moochzilla says: May 30, 2011 10:54 AM

    What is the cost of one PSL for the Rams? Chiefs?

  22. CKL says: May 30, 2011 11:39 AM

    gcsuk says:
    May 30, 2011 9:31 AM
    CKL says:
    May 30, 2011 7:59 AM
    People who whine about how much a company donated to a charity cause especially when it’s in the five figures are lame and have 0 case unless they have donated more money and time…and then it’s still lame to whine about it.
    It’s a charity for goodness sakes, no one HAS to donate bubkes. Can’t the whiners just lay off an be glad they did something good?
    ———————————————–

    The perceived “insult” is from the fact that the area affected (Joplin) is really a fan base for both the Chiefs and the Rams. Kind of shows what both teams think of their fans.

    Remember, these are teams that expect local taxpayers to support their initiatives for a new stadium bill, and support it with their tax dollars.

    If owners (or players) really wanted to do something to garner public sympathy and support for their side in the labor dispute, maybe they could pony up a bit more when the situation arises, like this. Hell, I donated more than this (based on my net worth and income).
    __________________________________
    First of all, good of you to donate.
    Secondly, your response was reasonable and I can certainly respect your POV. Certainly it would be nice if players and management pitched in to help out as in actual physical work though too. I am sure some are/will. I think that can be much more valuable in may ways then just tossing a big check out there. Especially as you point out, for good PR, though one would hope it’s more because it’s a good thing to do.

  23. lusdawg says: May 30, 2011 11:54 AM

    It’s interesting that celebrities and such come out in droves with their donations for another country’s misfortunes, but then our own country’s misfortunes are barely recognized in comparison. Haiti relief received $250,000 from Lance Armstrong, $3 million from Tiger Woods, $1 million from Oprah, $1 from Sandra Bullock, $1.5 million from Gisele Bundchen, etc. ESPN had Haiti relief for Red Cross donations on their bottom line ticker, and many commercials were out there for the cause. Please don’t get me wrong – it was a very good cause, but we also need to help our own. It’s nice that NFL teams are donating, but can’t we do more to help our own?

  24. east96st says: May 30, 2011 12:23 PM

    “And, again, some of you may wonder why a billion-dollar business is giving only $25,000.”

    Let’s not forget it’s tax deductible. Which makes the $25 grand even more pathetic. Ted Turner, who publicly shamed Bill Gates and Warren Buffett into cracking open their wallets, was spot on when he said, “It’s not the dollar amount, it’s the percentage.” A billionaire giving $25 grand is the same as a guy making $30,000 giving $.75 cents.

  25. smacklayer says: May 30, 2011 12:24 PM

    All I can say is that all the political commentary and “class warfare” that both the writers and commenters on this site have devolved to is really turning me off. At one point not too long ago this site was a place to come for fast breaking news, colorful writing, and funny (and usually) good natured comments.

    Now anytime there is an acticle about anything, the writers spin it completely anti-league (or anti-wealth as in thie article) and the commenters just go crazy spewing garbage posts for their own political agenta.

    I understand the need of the operators of this site to have to “stir the pot” now and then especially since there is not much real NFL news. But it sucks that an article about how much a team donated to a disaster gets 5 times as many comments as the last post that has anything to actually do with football.

    I hope when we get a new CBA and we are back to football, we can all leave our policital bias at the door and escape back to the NFL again.

  26. docredskin says: May 30, 2011 12:43 PM

    How much did any team give to the victims of the Alabama tornadoes? We don’t have pro sports teams here but the universities are doing more than the Rams/Chiefs did in Missouri.

  27. vikefan says: May 30, 2011 12:47 PM

    with those kinds of %’s, maybe the public will return the favor when the teams are looking for taxpayer handouts with stadiums & other help.

    Im sure any help is appreciated but it is a BIG slap in the face like a millionaire giving paperboy a buck for x-mas.

  28. krow101 says: May 30, 2011 12:59 PM

    It’s only ‘class warfare’ when the poor and middle class does it.

  29. toiletking says: May 30, 2011 1:01 PM

    It’s time for you guys to switch to the players’ side. However greedy they are, the owners will always be 100 times worse.

  30. canjura says: May 30, 2011 1:44 PM

    I’m sorry, but you people who are bashing the Rams for only (only?) giving $25,000 are ridiculous. If you really cared that much, how much have you donated? Even better yet, I have a question for you, what if you were uncertain about your job for one year? Imagine you not making ANY money for a year and you had to run 300 million dollar business, would you be complaining then? I do believe if not for the lock out, these teams would be willing to donate more, but what if the lock out goes the whole season? this “billion” dollar business would make what, a whole $0? Amazing. There is a reason the owners wanted to get the money from the TV deals: they’re worried about how they’re going to pay their bills. Not to mention, I’m pretty sure it’s only 3 or 4 owners who are “billionaires”.

  31. pitch87mph says: May 30, 2011 1:45 PM

    So now we are going to judge them for what WE consider the “appropriate” amount of charity. So progressive of you to be so generous with OTHER people’s money. Ughh!

  32. wtfchiefs says: May 30, 2011 2:36 PM

    “The team also will match contributions from its employees.”

    …The same employees who have taken paycuts?

  33. east96st says: May 30, 2011 3:34 PM

    “If you really cared that much, how much have you donated?”

    $1000. Which based on income makes my donation 160 times more generous than the Rams.

    “Even better yet, I have a question for you, what if you were uncertain about your job for one year?”

    We’re all uncertain about our jobs. Even those of us that own our own businesses. When forces beyond our control can throw the economy into a tailspin, that puts all of us on notice.

    “Imagine you not making ANY money for a year and you had to run 300 million dollar business, would you be complaining then?”

    All they have to do is lift the lockout and their cash flows problems disappear. Self inflicted wound.

    “Not to mention, I’m pretty sure it’s only 3 or 4 owners who are “billionaires”.”

    You would be wrong.

  34. cptnew1 says: May 30, 2011 4:55 PM

    Essentially, the Rams just handed everyone in Joplin (Population roughly 50,000) fifty cents. Wow. It cost the media department more to type up “publicity stunt.”

  35. canjura says: May 31, 2011 5:24 AM

    @east96st: So, your obviously pro-player. With that said, your $1000 is more than $25,000. 160 times right? Where do you bank? I want to invest $1000 and turn it into $4,000,000. As for the uncertainty of jobs, you’re absolutely right, so explain how it makes sense for a team who doesn’t have a source of income to try to help more than it has? As for the “self-inflicted wound”, the NFL owners were right to have locked out the players who WOULD NOT NEGOTIATION AND WALKED AWAY FROM THE TABLE. The last CBA was an awful one for the owners and the owners knew it, former commissioner Taggy knew it, and former NFLPA head (RIP Upshaw) knew it was an awful deal. That’s exactly why they added the clause to break out of it a couple years down the road. As for the billionaires part, 17 owners are “billionaires” if you include their teams valued at around $900million. take the team away, you’re left with owners with around 200mil each and if there is a lock out will have to go out of pocket to pay for stadiums, maintenance, etc. would you prefer half the team to go bankrupt in order to donate some money?

    @cptnew1: not 50,000 people were affected by tornados, bro. Also, insurances will cover some of the damages. the 150 dead/missing’s families should be getting most of the money, not the people who live in the town that was hit by a tornado.

    all of you knocking the Rams/Chiefs should learn you can’t ask people how to donate their money because you don’t know what other things, investments, etc they have going in their lives. It’s a DONATION, not a REQUIREMENT. $25,000 will help people more than $0 will.

  36. thenightflier says: May 31, 2011 7:14 AM

    I’m not one to piss and moan about others charitable donations, but Kroenke’s net worth is about 2.6 billion. 25 grand is about the equivalent of my donating 34 cents.

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