The attorneys conducting the audit of the Minnesota Vikings‘ finances in the wake of owner Zygi Wilf’s racketeering suit loss have another week to go with their work, but the state official who hired them has just said, enh, never mind, we’re all good here:
Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, said that even in a “worst-case” scenario involving a judge awarding tens of millions of dollars in punitive damages, Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf appear to have the “financial capability” to pay for their share of the stadium building cost.
She also said that the public board overseeing the development doesn’t need to wait for a judge’s ruling later this month to move forward with the project.
“It looks like even with the court case that they will have the wherewithal to meet all their obligations on the stadium,” Kelm-Helgen said after a nearly two-hour, closed-door authority meeting with attorneys, who updated board members on their extensive legal and financial background check of the Wilfs.
So wait, that’s all we were waiting for? Confirmation that the Wilfs have money? I thought everyone knew they had money, the issue was whether they tended to get it by defrauding people — oh, you know what, never mind. Let’s just chalk this up as too many column inches wasted on butt-covering, and move on.