Kevin Demoff Sent An Email Early This Morning To St. Louis Rams Employees
In an email sent to St. Louis Rams employees early Wednesday morning, St. Louis Rams executive vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff expressed regret. Demoff didn’t express regret for the relocation exactly, rather he expressed regret that fans in St. Louis were not able to see the team play in playoff games these past season like he felt they deserved.
Demoff, a Los Angeles native, was hired by the Rams in 2009 and has been in the same capacity since. From his biography in the 2015 St. Louis Rams media guide, Demoff works with general manager Les Snead and head coach Jeff Fisher to put the Rams’ on-field product in place and is also the team’s “chief negotiator”. His biography in the team’s media guide highlights his work that led to the team winning the 2010 St. Louis Philanthropic Organization of the Year award. Demoff also sits on the boards of The Magic House and the St. Louis Children’s Museum. He and his wife also purchased tickets for every Rams home game in recent years that they would donate to Children’s Hospital in a program known as “Demoff’s Dreamers”.
I assume, and I’m pretty sure I’m right, that team owner Stan Kroenke was not involved in any of those philanthropic endeavors.
While Demoff has repeatedly praised St. Louis and its fans in his time with the team, he very well may be between a rock and a hard place with Stan Kroenke as his boss. Events surrounding the relocation have caused some who once saw him as a role model to see him in a different light. It’s hard to stomach the thought that this man, who has been a model St. Louis citizen, had a hand in trashing our city in the Rams’ 29-page relocation application sent to the NFL.
Kevin Demoff said in his email that the result of the relocation vote was “terribly bittersweet”. He reiterated the “bittersweet” aspect in an interview with Randy Karraker of 101 ESPN.
Read the full text of Kevin Demoff’s email to St. Louis Rams employees and decide for yourself how sincere you think he really is.
Keep in mind that a good majority of the staffers reading this email won’t be asked to move with the team or likely wouldn’t be able to live in the Los Angeles area on current salaries even if they wanted to move.
I know today’s relocation vote was the culmination of a long and difficult process for all of us and a terribly bittersweet outcome. The range of emotions we all feel runs the spectrum and will take time to sort out as we begin to understand our new reality. We have poured our heart and soul into our fans and community and I deeply regret we were not able to provide St. Louis the playoff games our fans deserved.
Please know today’s outcome is not a reflection on the work that anybody has done but rather a unique opportunity for the NFL. In the coming days and weeks we will work to understand what that opportunity is and how to begin a path forward. I am sorry I could not be there with you today as the news flowed but please know you were never far from our thoughts.
We will begin the transition phase as an organization in the coming days and as always my door will be open. I thank you for all of your hard work to date and will be forever grateful for your efforts to build a terrific organization.
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