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Friday, February 15, 2013

Megdal: Either Fred Wilpon’s filings are lying about his debts or he is

So the news about his family’s personal finances would actually have been insignificant in terms of the only thing that matters, from a sports perspective, which is when the Mets can stop shrinking their payroll and start expanding it again.

But leaving that aside: what Wilpon said, even about his personal debt, is demonstrably false.

When he spoke on Wednesday, the Uniform Commercial Code filings included 39 separate filings of personal debt against Wilpon or his family. And those are just filings that include a Wilpon last name; many more are under Saul Katz, Wilpon’s brother-in-law and Sterling Equities partner, and his family.

The data in those filings had been updated through Monday, so it remained at least theoretically possible that Wilpon was telling a kind of truth, exuberantly trumpeting the clearing of personal debt while using that limited victory to suggest to reporters that his business debt had been retired, or to hope at least that they didn’t make the distinction.

But the U.C.C. database has now been updated through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, about 12 hours after Wilpon spoke. The same 39 personal, unlapsed debt filings from Wilpon and his family remain on file under Wilpon.

Repoz Posted: February 15, 2013 at 07:44 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: February 15, 2013 at 08:25 PM (#4370489)
I read this is "Fred Wilpon's flings..."

So that's where all his money went...!
   2. Jack Carter, calling Beleaguered Castle Posted: February 15, 2013 at 08:33 PM (#4370496)
Fred was distracted by something shiny, but he originally said, 'our debts are in the rearview mirror, and gaining on us like a motherfukka'.

I often disagree with Howard, but his coverage of the Mets over the last several years has been irreplaceable.
   3. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 15, 2013 at 08:40 PM (#4370500)
Agree, Howard has done a true public service, as far as I'm concerned.
   4. HowardMegdal Posted: February 15, 2013 at 08:46 PM (#4370502)
Thanks guys, I really appreciate that.
   5. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 15, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4370520)
Howard, how much are those individual filings of debt? I imagine the Wilpon defenders will rush to say they are trivial amounts, and if so they'll have a trivial point. Of course they'll duck the question that if the Wilpons are being honest, why they are so sloppy in their use of "facts".

Obviously the real issue is the organizational debt, and they will run away from that question whenever asked.

I'm beginning to wonder if there is a conspiracy by the Wilpons to maintain a bold and united front of buffoonery to ensure that you continue to have a surfeit of material as the only relevant writer on the Mets for the foreseeable future. Clearly, they are your biggest supporters.

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