Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf finally turned over his financial documents to state auditors on Tuesday, ending that squabble in the aftermath of Wilf getting himself found guilty on racketeering charges. Now it’s just up to the state to actually read everything and figure out whether Wilf is a trustworthy racketeer or an untrustworthy one:
“We’ve basically gotten all the financial information that we’ve requested,” [Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority Michele] Kelm-Helgen said. “We have complete financial information. Now we have to verify the accuracy and sort of follow the tracks.”
However, Kelm-Helgen also told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that if the team doesn’t resume talks on a final lease agreement — something Wilf has been holding off on in response to the audit — stadium construction “could be delayed by at least one month, potentially costing millions.” Costing who millions the Star Trib didn’t indicate, nor why it matters if the stadium opens in July of 2016 or August of 2016, since football season starts in September.
In any case, it sure sounds like Kelm-Helgen isn’t concerned that the auditor is going to find anything in the documents to make her want to scrap the stadium deal, if she’s pushing to get a final lease done so that construction needn’t be delayed. Wilf throwing a hissy fit over being audited seems like shooting himself in the foot, then — unless he knows about something that the auditor is going to find that could risk blowing up the deal? Self-destructive or underhanded — it’s always so tough to tell those two apart in billionaires.