Report: Stan Kroenke angers NFL owners over not paying for legal expenses in relocation lawsuit

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By , NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke is reportedly causing some division among NFL owners as he may not be holding up his end of the bargain over the St. Louis relocation lawsuit.

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The estimated $10 billion man signed an indemnification agreement with the NFL and all its owners when he convinced them of relocating the Rams to Los Angeles. The deal meant that he would pay for essentially all legal fees, settlement or punitive damages if anyone was sued over the move. The St. Louis region filed an estimated $1 billion lawsuit in 2017.

But now, Kroenke is challenging that agreement, as the bills are reportedly over $10 million each for some teams.

ESPN reported that in an owner's meeting this week – the first in-person meeting since 2019 due to the pandemic – owners were informed of Kroenke attempting to back out of his promise. It "angered" and "stunned" many in the room.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stood up for Kroenke, saying he had "done a lot for the league," according to the report. But other owners, like Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and John Mara of the New York Giants say they've already dealt with too many legal issues over the lawsuit and that they wouldn't have approved the relocation without the indemnification agreement.

The report also says that Jones indicated Kroenke may sue the NFL over the deal – which is similar to what Jones did in 1995 over a sponsorship deal.

The St. Louis lawsuit is set to go to trial on January 10 in a St. Louis courtroom.

The suit filed by St. Louis, St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority claims the NFL violated its own relocation rules by allowing the Rams to leave St. Louis.

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