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New Orleans Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson says heirs tried to kill him

By The Sports Xchange
New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson claims his heirs tried to kill him. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/c65725550143378ed36a00d74317af31/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson claims his heirs tried to kill him. Photo by AJ Sisco/UPI | License Photo

The bitter dispute between New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his heirs is getting nastier.

A court document filed this week reveals part of Benson's deposition transcript from March 28-29, and he accuses his heirs of trying to kill him.

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Benson is locked in a legal battle with daughter Renee Benson and grandchildren Rita LeBlanc and Ryan LeBlanc over the future of his business empire, which includes the ownership of the NFL and NBA teams.

Benson, 88, is angling to leave full ownership of the teams to his third wife, Gayle Benson.

In the deposition, Benson is asked why he wants to leave "zero" in the family trust to his heirs.

"Well, they tried to kill me for one thing," Benson testified.

Benson was asked how and replied, "By picking on my wife and when I wasn't feel(ing) very good, they were very hostile.

"They attacked me, you got to know. That's why I don't want to leave them anything. OK? I found out they didn't love me very much, trying to stab me in the back, wanted to take over everything, brought me to court saying I was crazy. You don't need any more than that."

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The incident Benson refers to reportedly occurred prior to a Saints' game on Dec. 21, 2014.

The following month, Benson announced his intention to remove his daughter and two grandchildren from his business ventures.

The heirs filed suit and asked to have Benson declared mentally incompetent. The lawsuit was rejected at the civil and state appeals levels and the Louisiana Supreme Court denied their pleas for additional appeals.

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