Doug Vaughn: Call him 'Kroenke' because he doesn't deserve 'Stan - KMOV.com

Doug Vaughn: Call him 'Kroenke' because he doesn't deserve 'Stan'

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EARTH CITY, MO - JANUARY 17: St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke addresses the media during a press conference at the Russell Training Center on January 17, 2012 in Earth City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat/Stringer EARTH CITY, MO - JANUARY 17: St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke addresses the media during a press conference at the Russell Training Center on January 17, 2012 in Earth City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat/Stringer

By:  Doug Vaughn / News 4 Sports

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- For starters, we should stop calling him Stan Kroenke. Just Kroenke is enough. The name Stan is special in St. Louis. To think that Kroenke, the most hated man in St. Louis history, was given his middle name after Stan Musial, the most beloved man in St. Louis history,  is enough to make me gag.

It would also be inappropriate to use Kroenke's first name, Enos.  That'd be enough to make Enos Slaughter, the Hall of Fame outfielder, roll over in his grave. So let's keep it at just Kroenke, a name that will likely live forever in St. Louis as a symbol of greed and dishonesty. Benedict Arnold Kroenke would be appropriate, but certainly not Enos Stanley Kroenke.

To make matters worse, Kroenke is supposed to be one of us. He was born and raised in the Columbia area and graduated from Mizzou. He made much of his money in Missouri, thanks in large part to marrying into one of the wealthiest families in the world. He's been given the label of a brilliant businessman, but I'm not sold on that. Sure, he's made billions, but do you think he could have done that without being a Walmart insider?

Have you ever seen a multi-billionaire with a worse set of communication skills? It's not just that he won't speak in public, he struggles to complete an intelligent sentence on the rare occasion when he does talk.  Color me skeptical, but most people who make billions in business are able to communicate extremely well in public. Or at least have an engaging personality. Would you consider Kroenke engaging? I know, that question didn't need to be asked.

When he became the sole owner of the Rams in 2010, Kroenke pledged to do everything he could to keep the team in St. Louis. Little did we know he was probably already plotting his move to Los Angeles. Now it looks like he might get his way. That'd be bad enough, but to trash St. Louis in his attempt to move the franchise is deplorable. Many of the "facts" he sighted were just plain inaccurate.

"Compared to all other U.S. cities, St. Louis is struggling," said Kroenke in his application to move. Really? Not just the other NFL cities, but all other U.S. cities. Been to Detroit lately? How about Chicago, whose tens of billions of dollars in pension debt got them the second worst credit rating of any major city other than Detroit.  

Kroenke also ripped the fans for poor attendance at the dome, despite the Rams just completing their ninth consecutive losing season. He said anyone who would accept the deal to play in the proposed new Riverfront Stadium would be "facing financial ruin". Now that is truly laughable. When he makes statements like that, it makes me question everything else he said in his application. Maybe Kroenke has a sense of humor after all.

If his moving plans fall through at the 11th hour, I don't see any way he could return to St. Louis as owner of the Rams. He's poisoned the waters here with a mixture of arsenic and deceit. If he can't go to Los Angeles he'll no doubt try to move to London, Toronto, San Antonio  --- or maybe San Diego or Oakland if the Chargers and Raiders are selected to move to L.A. He won't be back here unless it's just long enough to pack up. And you can be sure he won't actually be the one doing the packing.

Good riddance, Kroenke. We in St. Louis can only hope the rest of the country realizes the kind of man you are. If and when the Rams leave, at least we'll have the satisfaction of not having to put another penny into your fat wallet, which probably came from the clearance rack at Walmart. Right where the Rams jerseys will be.

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