KANSAS CITY (Mo. — A St. Louis Circuit Court judge four National Football League ownersIn a civil case concerning the 2016 relocation of the St. Louis Rams, the court set a date and time for a show-cause hearing.
Judge Christopher McGraugh took Kansas City Chiefs’ Clark Hunt, Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones, New England Patriots’ Robert Kraft, and New York Giants John Mara to task Wednesday during a discovery hearing in St. Louis’ lawsuit against the NFLFor breach of contract when the Rams were moved to Los Angeles.
Mara was fined $8,000 and Jones $6,000 respectively, while Hunt and Kraft were penalized with $5,000 each.
Recent disputes revolved around the delay in providing financial documents by the owners as required by the court.
Also, the four owners were required to pay $25,000 for attorney fees.
The show-cause hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, but it’s unclear if Hunt or any of the other owners will be required to appear in person.
McGraugh expects both the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ attorneys to resolve any remaining discovery items prior to the Dec. 3 hearing.
The case was originally filed in April 2017. A jury trial is planned for Jan. 10, 2022.
According to the suit, the court ordered that financial documents be made available by the owners of the property. The owners did not comply. KSDK.
Kraft, Mara and Hunt were all part of a committee looking into opportunities to bring a team back to Los Angeles. Still, Jones led the charge to override the committee’s recommendation and paved the way for Kroenke to move the Rams to Inglewood, California.
According to court filings Hunt provided ownership documents for Mustang Advisory Group LLC and Chiefs. Hunt claimed a net value less than two tax returns.
Mara provided only information about his Giants ownership and declined to give an estimate of his net worth. Kraft and Jones did not provide any information regarding businesses that are listed on their tax returns.
According to the city’s lawyers, names and financial data are removed from public court filings.
Stan Kroenke (owner of Rams) provided more than 23,000 financial records, KSDK reported.
The Chiefs referred the matter to the NFL for comment. Hunt’s attorneys declined to comment on Wednesday’s fines.
In 2016, the Rams moved out of St. Louis. A year later, the city, St. Louis County, and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority sued the NFL and its owners, seeking more than $1 billion in damages for alleged violations of the NFL’s relocation policy.
Tod Palmer from KSHB reported the story for the first time.