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Exam ordered for Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson

1 year 9 months 3 weeks ago February 10, 2015 Feb 10, 2015 Tuesday, February 10 2015 February 10, 2015 10:06 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Kevin McGill

NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans judge ruled that Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson must undergo a physical and mental exam by three physicians as family members fight over his mental competency.

Civil District Judge Kern Reese issued the ruling Tuesday in a lawsuit filed by Benson's daughter, Renee, and her children, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc. They want the 87-year-old Benson declared incapable of handling his affairs.

They filed suit in January after they were removed from Benson's succession plan for his teams.

Tom Benson's lawyers say Benson made a "deliberate, reasoned" decision to eventually leave control of the teams with Gayle Benson, his wife of 10 years.

On Monday, in a related case, a Texas judge appointed two people to oversee a trust holding assets for Benson.

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