Missouri Governor-Elect Is Having None Of It From The MLS

A proposal for an MLS team in St. Louis was shot down by Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens, who said he wouldn't allow public funds to be used for the stadium.

Surely the picture above is not some kind of metaphor for Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL, shooting down a proposal for an MLS team in St. Louis that included a hefty chunk of public funding for a new stadium.

That would be ridiculous.

Greitens has once-and-for-all said that state funding will not be used for stadiums if he can help it.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“To be very clear, I have completely ruled out state funding for stadiums,” Greitens said Monday said taking questions from journalists in Dellwood.

Hours later, the St. Louis alderman sponsoring the ballot proposal for up to $80 million in city funding for a St. Louis MLS team called the proposal’s future doubtful.

Greitens, a Republican, has spoken out against the public funding several times since his election in November.

Also from the Post-Dispatch:

“We are not going to use money from the people of the state of Missouri for what I believe is corporate welfare,” Greitens said. “We’ve got far too many core priorities of government that have to be invested in.”

Public funding for stadiums is a scam, so good for Greitens.

(H/T Deadspin)