Yes, says the Saints, owner Tom Benson and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had a get-together on Tuesday.
No, says the team, it wasn’t a big deal.
“Today, Mr. Benson visited with Commissioner Goodell in New York,” team spokesman Greg Bensel said in a statement. “It was a very productive meeting and he looks forward to having many more discussions with the Commissioner on specific Saints-related issues as well as league-wide issues.”
The vanilla explanation says nothing about whether and to what extent Benson is seeking an explanation or an apology or simply venting. And that’s the right thing to do.
Regardless of how Benson feels about the situation, no one benefits from Benson publicly bashing Goodell or the league office, especially since pretty much everyone from the league office will be descending on New Orleans in less than six months for the Super Bowl. It’s also wise for Benson and the Saint to take the high road because, in the end, Goodell can give the Saints their 2013 second-round pick and take one or more other picks instead.