Steve Young, the former NFL quarterback-turned analyst, touched on rumors that the the St. Louis Rams should go back to Los Angeles amid a weak fan turnout at the Edward Jones Dome during Monday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers.
“Look around–there’s nobody here,” he said during a pregame show and slammed the Rams’ ownership and fans.
Young, a Super Bowl MVP who played most of his career with San Francisco 49ers, also mentioned that the Rams are looking into moving back to Los Angeles. The team spent most of its existence in LA before going to St. Louis in the 1990s.
When the camera panned to the crowd that attended the game, it looked spotty.
Young later praised Rams rookie quarterback Austin Davis, saying he reminds him of a young Kurt Warner or Tony Romo.
On Twitter, a number of users panned Young’s comments on Monday night.
“Wow, f— Steve Young. At least try not to show complete bias when you’re on a national tv show. Talking about crowds and moving teams..smh,” one person said.
Added another: “Steve Young just really pissed me off. Like REALLY pissed me off. We need to shut that fool up now STL. #SFvsSTL.”
Recent rumors have indicated that the Rams ownership is mulling going back to LA.
It’s been rumored that the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are looking to move to Los Angeles as well. A recent report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport said the Rams are “front-runners to move” to Los Angeles.
Mark Fabiani, special counsel to Chargers president Dean Spanos, said that the team will attempt to block a move by the Rams and the Raiders.
A relocation approval would need three-fourths of NFL owners to vote in favor of the move.
“Allowing another team to move into those markets would be economically harmful to the Chargers, to say the least,” Fabiani told ESPN recently. “Especially if it’s a team that has voluntarily vacated that market in the past, such as the Rams or the Raiders–that would be particularly objectionable to the Chargers.”
A host at 101 ESPN claims that the Rams are moving to Los Angeles. “There’s a strong belief, people that are in–that I believe are in the know–multiple people, have told me that the decision has already been made and that the team is moving,” one of the hosts of the show said. “Somebody told you that, really?” sharply questioned another, which drew a response of “Yes.”
Meanwhile, Jason La Confora of CBS Sports reported that Rams owner Stan Kroenke will make an announcement Feb. 15, 2015.