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PAYS THE PRICE
Tom Verducci
May 30, 2011
Love for baseball and loyalty to his friends are two of the defining traits of the game's longest-standing owner. But his long, unquestioning relationship with Bernard Madoff could cost the Mets patriarch his fortune, his reputation—and the team he cherishes
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May 30, 2011

Pays The Price

Love for baseball and loyalty to his friends are two of the defining traits of the game's longest-standing owner. But his long, unquestioning relationship with Bernard Madoff could cost the Mets patriarch his fortune, his reputation—and the team he cherishes

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Finally he said softly, "I'm sorry."

Mark Madoff is gone. Bernie Madoff, 73, pleaded guilty on March 12, 2009, to 11 felonies. He was sentenced to 150 years in prison and is incarcerated at the federal correctional institution in Butner, N.C.

Fred Wilpon never did speak to his former friend after everything changed on Dec. 11, 2008. He never tried. He has thought about what he might ask Madoff if ever such an opportunity came to pass.

"It's a simple question," he says. And he lowered his voice in the dim light. "Why? Why?"

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