Lester Bagley Threatens Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Over Wilf Investigation
By Dan Zinski
Nov 20, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf attends the game against the Oakland Raiders at the Mall of America Field. The Raiders defeated the Vikings 27-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
You thought the Vikings stadium would finally get built without more delays and arguments and general clusterbleepery? You thought wrong. More nonsense has been injected into the process thanks to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. The authority announced that it has slapped together a board of suits and hired some big-shots with the intention of investigating the Wilf family over its recent legal dust-up in New Jersey.
For those who missed it, the Wilfs recently lost a lawsuit brought against them in New Jersey over an old real estate deal. This lawsuit was in the courts for over 20 years before the Wilfs were finally found to have acted in bad faith and with evil intent – a real legal term! – in their dealings with the complainant (or whatever you call the person complaining).
The MSFA says it’s just doing due diligence by investigating the Wilfs. What does stadium lead man Lester Bagley have to say about this move and the delays it may cause in getting the stadium started?
Bagley says the Vikings will fully cooperate with the investigation but, “We will continue to be transparent and good partners. We would ask the stadium authority not to slow down the stadium project while it is completing its research. We have very tight timelines and delays will only increase the cost for everyone.”
And if that doesn’t scare them, THEY’LL DANGLE SOMEBODY OVER A LIONS CAGE BY THEIR ANKLES. Sorry too much Goodfellas.
To be serious for a second…do we really need to worry about this whole thing delaying or even scuttling the stadium deal? I doubt it. Just more lawyers doing lawyer things. The Wilfs may have done some dirty stuff once upon a time but that means nothing now. The stadium should be going full speed ahead. This is just more baloney. Then again, I’m not exactly what you’d call a legal expert. We could all be screwed.
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