Judge rules Saints, Pelicans owner Benson is competent
NEW ORLEANS- A judge has ruled that New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson remains competent to run his business empire.
The ruling legally upholds Benson's decision nearly six months ago to place his third wife, Gayle, first in line to inherit control of his NFL and NBA teams instead of recently disowned heirs who had been groomed to take over.
Benson's daughter, Renee Benson, and her children, Rita and Ryan LeBlanc, sued in January, asking Reese to rule that their patriarch was mentally unsound and being unduly manipulated by his wife when he changed his succession plan.
Benson has stated through his lawyers that his estranged heirs have failed to prove themselves worthy of taking over his businesses.
Reese's ruling could be appealed.
"Gayle and I wish to thank the entire community for the overwhelming support that we have received during this trying time," Benson said. "Through it all, our fans and our sponsors showed unwavering support for our Saints and Pelicans. Our football and basketball teams are my focus and that is what has me excited."