Friday, January 19, 2018

ron yary

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According to the Star Tribune, former Minnesota Vikings tight end Stu Voigt is charged with using a real estate scheme to swindle millions from investors by diverting funds into new accounts. The charges were assigned Wednesday, less than a year after settling a $1 million lawsuit with former teammate Ron Yary.

Voigt came under scrutiny in 2011 when Yary filed a suit claiming Voigt conned him and three other Minnesota residents out of $1 million, using the guise of “risk-free” investments.

As of Wednesday’s happenings, the Star Trib posted the following:

Voigt, 66, of Apple Valley, and Twin Cities real estate developer Jeff Gardner, 61, were both charged with multiple counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, bank fraud, false statement on a loan application and monetary transactions in criminally derived property.

Accusations date back to documents filed between 2005 and 2007, stating that Voigt and Gardner misrepresented assets to investors. Gardner’s business entity, Hennessey Financial LLC, served as the pair’s vehicle for fraud. Gardner and Voigt told investors their money would be used for financing commercial real estate projects and were guaranteed returns of 10-20 percent per year; instead, the funds were used to repay previews investors and personal debts.

Let me start that I really recommend reading this interview at the Pioneer Press of which Hall of Fame lineman Rony Yary is the subject.

In the interview, Yary talks about the “hocus pocus” that is this idea that protecting a quarterback’s blind side is somehow more important than protecting his front.  He calls Matt Kalil a future Hall of Famer, slams Bryant McKinnie, and talks about the stadium position.

I’ll let you click that link and read about that stuff, but I want to highlight on specific line penned by Charley Walters.

“The Vikings asked Yary, 65, to fly to Minnesota for the draft, but he can’t because of the health of his middle son, Grant, 7, whose leukemia has resurfaced.”

First off, it is so sad to hear about the misfortune that has fallen upon the Yary family and we wish young Grant (nice choice of name) a speedy and permanent recovery.

Secondly, are the Vikings simply extending a courtesy invite to one of their most decorated former players or is there more motive behind the invite?  After all, why would they specifically invite Yary if they planned on selecting a cornerback from LSU?

Yary played for USC prior to his 14 seasons playing right tackle for the Vikings.  He was 6’ 5” and 262 pounds in his playing days.

USC left tackle weighs in at 295 pounds (give or take) and stands at 6’ 7”.

Simple invite?

Or hoping for an excellent P.R. opportunity and photo shoot?