Posted at: 08/23/2013 6:11 PM
Updated at: 08/24/2013 4:14 PM
By: Cassie Hart
Just when you think the Vikings stadium situation can't get much uglier, it does. An attorney hired by the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority released a new and harshly-worded statement regarding the Wilf's lack of cooperation with his investigation.
Ultimately, Zygi Wilf and the Vikings are responsible for $477 million dollars of the stadium financing. However, Wilf and his brother Mark, another team owner, were found guilty of violating New Jersey fraud and civil racketeering laws.
Until the Stadium Authority's so-called due diligence review of that lawsuit and the Wilf's finances is completed, the Vikings will stop negotiating the construction and lease agreements.
Minnesota Vikings spokesman Lester Bagley said, “Until this due diligence is completed and they have the confidence that this can move forward, there's no point in having these discussions.” He said regardless of the outcome, the New Jersey lawsuit will have absolutely no impact on the Wilf's ability to finance this project.
Meanwhile, Peter Carter, the Dorsey & Whitney, the attorney heading the due diligence investigation released a statement:
"There have been some statements made by the Vikings to the press today regarding the MSFA's financial due diligence that are simply not true and MSFA would like to set the record straight."
Read the full statement by clicking here.
In response, Bagley sent a text to KSTP's Tom Hauser that read, "it's not productive to engage in this kind of back-and-forth with the authority. The Vikings stand behind our comments."
The public authority overseeing construction of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium warned Friday that the scheduled opening in 2016 could be delayed if the team doesn't quickly resume negotiations on lease and development agreements.