Thread: This just in.
This just in.
According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, the Wilfs have been ordered to pay at least $84 million in a fraud case arising from a New Jersey real estate deal that dates back to 1992.
And it could get worse. Much worse. The verdict includes an award of punitive damages, which requires the case to be referred to prosecutors for a criminal investigation.
Maybe if we didn't have criminals as owners they could actually focus on building a team. We went from 8 years of lobbying for a new stadium and before they could break ground they are back in court defending themselves in a 20 year old lawsuit.
maybe they could give us an itinerary that shows when they are going to have time in their schedules to actually be an owner and start to figure out how to run a team.
09-24-2013, 03:25 PM #3
09-24-2013, 04:23 PM #4
09-24-2013, 06:15 PM #5Coordinator
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This has the smell of new ownership to me. Wonder if we will see a McCombs like fire sale ?
09-24-2013, 07:08 PM #6
This is a cursed franchise. I didn't think ownership could get worse than Red McCombs, but I was wrong. It sucks that by supporting the Vikings we also support these criminals.
09-25-2013, 12:42 AM #7
As sad as this may sound, I don't really view the Wilf's as criminals. They were sued, and lost, which is not necessarily the end of the world. It does cause concern however. I will refer judgment until the whole thing shakes out. On a different note, it is possible the Wilf's will sell as soon as the stadium is built and take the profit and run, but I really think they enjoy owning a football team.
OK Caine....there is your opening....blast away.
The charges were for racketeering. I don't think that is insignificant.
The legislation requires him to own the team for a considerable time period of like 10-15 years or so and if he sells early I believe the state would get repaid for some of the costs of the stadium.
09-25-2013, 01:47 PM #9
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Not that it isn't a big deal - the $84 million was significantly higher than I was expecting - but it isn't a criminal deal. First because the statue of limitations has expired, and second because the civil case has a much lower burden of proof than a criminal case. There is a reason that the DA's office chose not to follow up on it 20 years ago when it first came up, and a reason that it took 20 years in civil court to finally come to a resolution.
So let's not overreact here.
I still think that the Wilfs are a better owner than McComb ever was.Zeus wrote:
When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?
09-25-2013, 04:20 PM #10A New Jersey judge ruled last month that the Wilfs and their cousin, Leonard Wilf, committed fraud and breach of contract and violated the state's civil racketeering laws in their dealings with Ada Reichmann and her brother Josef Halpern.