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Benson is cleared to fly home after fall at ownership meeting

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Saints owner Tom Benson recently had knee surgery. It has left him a little wobbly, and as a result he tripped and fell on Tuesday in Atlanta.

Benson issued a statement explaining that he’s been checked out by doctors, who have cleared him to fly home.

“First, I would like to congratulate Minnesota on securing Super Bowl LII and to applaud Indianapolis on a great bid,” Benson said. “I want to thank the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and everyone from our great city and state that worked tirelessly to put forth the best Super Bowl bid I have ever been a part of. We will be back in the mix to get another Super Bowl to New Orleans soon. As we stated in our presentation, New Orleans is the perfect Super Bowl city.

“Following my presentation, I accidentally tripped and hit my head, having had knee surgery just over a week ago. Out of an abundance of caution, the doctors wanted to clear me before we fly back home tonight.”

Benson, 86, has owned the team since 1985.  He purchased the New Orleans Hornets (who are now the Pelicans) in 2012, and he was instrumental in bringing the Super Bowl back to New Orleans in 2013.

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8 Responses to “Benson is cleared to fly home after fall at ownership meeting”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 20, 2014 6:19 PM

    Failing to secure the sympathy vote, Tom is going home.

  2. ohnoflorio says: May 20, 2014 6:19 PM

    Why couldn’t Little John Mara drop & never get up?

  3. icanhazblogs says: May 20, 2014 6:29 PM

    Southwest or Delta?

  4. explosionsauce says: May 20, 2014 7:06 PM

    They need to stock the catering table with ensure

  5. 2blingluvinit says: May 20, 2014 7:15 PM

    I’m a little surprised this article isn’t about Jim Irsay falling down.

  6. chinahand11 says: May 20, 2014 7:57 PM

    Poor guy had knee surgery a week ago? I hope next month is better for the man.

  7. pacificnw7722 says: May 20, 2014 8:11 PM

    Hope he gets his dancing legs back with that little umbrella.

  8. nicofthenorthstar says: May 20, 2014 9:26 PM

    That’s what happens when you accidentally take a sip from Irsay’s cup.
    Crazy thing is that the old guy still can’t remember anything from when the meetings started until he left the hospital.

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