Tom Benson’s Wife, Granddaughter Reportedly Had Altercation at 2014 Saints Game

February 28, 2015   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The strange, ongoing saga involving the succession plan for the two New Orleans professional sports franchises (the NFL's Saints and NBA's Pelicans) owned by Tom Benson has had another layer added.  
According to Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune, there was a physical confrontation between Benson's wife and granddaughter during a Saints game last season that set off the chain of events:
An emotional confrontation between Tom Benson's granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, and wife, Gayle Benson, that briefly turned physical during a New Orleans Saints home game last season happened days before the 87-year-old billionaire decided to sever ties with his family members and cut them out of his estate plans.
The report notes the altercation occurred during a Week 16 game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome between the Saints and the Atlanta Falcons, with Rita Benson LeBlanc grabbing Gayle Benson "by both shoulders" and shaking "the then-67-year-old repea...

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