U.S. Bank Stadium's troubled security firm may have been fired, but the trouble for the people who hired them is far from over.
On Thursday, representatives of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) went before a panel of state lawmakers – who wanted to know why the ousted Monterrey Security had been hired in the first place, Session Daily says.
This comes several weeks after Chicago-based Monterrey was fired over a bombshell performance report that found the firm "failed to comply with state laws" in some rather unsettling ways.
That report, handled by a Minneapolis law firm, said Monterrey did the following:
- Used "ambiguous job titles" to ignore state requirements for hiring security workers.
- Employed people with "disqualifying criminal histories" to work at U.S. Bank Stadium.
- Employed people who had not passed or submitted to background checks.
- "Made misrepresentations" when applying for state licensure in 2015.
- "Employed questionable billing practices."
On that last count, the firm is said to have "double-billed the stadium" for its services, while investigators found that one U.S. Bank Stadium security guard "was wearing an ankle bracelet for making threats to the FBI in the past," WCCO reports.
After the dismissal of Monterrey for these and other issues, MSFA hired two new firms to take its place – and just in time for the Super Bowl, which is happening at the stadium this coming February.
Session Daily says "no action was taken" at Thursday's hearing, though more hearings are in the works, as lawmakers don't want stadium officials "to repeat the same mistake twice.”
And despite Monterrey's ouster, MPR says lawmakers still have "grave reservations about security" at the stadium despite.
Last year, it emerged that some MSFA officials were allowing friends and family to use the stadium's luxury suites – and not keeping records of it – in violation of state ethics codes.
It turned into a high-profile scandal which led to the resignation of several high-ranking MSFA members.
For more background on the saga, check out this piece from Deadspin.