Fans of American football franchise the Rams continue to protest against owner Stan Kroenke after the organisation’s move from St Louis to Los Angeles.
Now irate fans want Kroenke – also Arsenal’s majority shareholder – axed from the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
“I hear from lots of fans about it,” Hall of Fame president and executive director Jerald Andrews told the St Louis Post-Dispatch. “I can’t give an exact count, but I would probably say I’ve had emails from 600 to 700 people about it.
“I think I’ve had only two emails saying, ‘We think the guy did the right thing by moving the Rams.’”
“I’ve had good friends in St. Louis write me and say, ‘Hey, I’ll never set foot in your place again,’” Andrews said. “Or, ‘We’ll never be back to another enshrinement. … We’ll not support your golf outing in St. Louis.’
“Those things are all hurtful and damaging to what we’re trying to do, and so forth. And obviously disappointing to us.”
Andrews confirmed there has been no decision on whether Kroenke should be removed.
“Since it occurred, I think the board has met twice. Both times they’ve reached the same conclusion: They continue to take the matter under advisement and continue to review.
“I’ve been accused of keeping him in (the Hall of Fame) because he’s giving us money,” Andrews said. “It’s really not of public interest in terms of what someone gives us and what they don’t, but I’ve not seen any private gifts from Kroenke, or his family for the matter.
“I’d sure like to see some of the money. Hey, I’ve had people offer me money to take him out (of the Hall).”
Arsenal fans have long wanted to see some of Silent Stan’s money, even if the purse strings seem to have loosened slightly in the final week of the transfer window.