Before the NFL finalized arrangements for the Rams to move to Los Angeles on Tuesday, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay made no secret that he felt Rams owner Stan Kroenke was dishonest about his attempts to strike a stadium deal that would have kept the team in the city.
After the move was announced, Slay issued a statement saying that “the NFL ignored a strong market and viable plan for a new stadium” and called the city a great place to live with or without a professional football team. At a press conference on Wednesday, Slay said that he had no interest in trying to use the work they’ve done on a stadium deal in a bid to get another team to take the Rams’ place.
“They were not being truthful,” Slay said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “And they knew we were putting a lot of energy into this. We were being led on.”
With the Raiders and Chargers in limbo after Tuesday’s machinations, there could be further movement of franchises in the coming years. According to Slay, St. Louis won’t be one of the musical chairs involved in that process.