The Wife Of Saints Owner Tom Benson Allegedly Made Some Racist Remarks To His African American Assistant
The Comeback- After Mr. Benson was settled at the hospital, Mrs. Benson called Mr. Henry and stated “Why did you take my husband to the hospital, you black son of a bitch?” Mr. Henry then handed the phone to Mr. Benson and told him what Mrs. Benson had said. Mr. Benson told Mrs. Benson that she should not talk to Mr. Henry in such a manner and further stated “Darling, darling, he was trying to help me.”
A few days later, Mrs. Benson went into Mr. Henry’s office, pointed at him in an aggressive manner, and stated “whatever goes on in this office stays in this office because I think you are the one telling Rita.”
Within earshot of Mr. Henry, Mrs. Benson then stated to one of the Saints’ Executive Assistants “I hate that black son of a bitch and am going to get rid of him.”
When the Saints were in training camp at Greenbrier in July/August 2014, Mr. Henry stayed in the same home as Mr. and Mrs. Benson. Upon their arrival to Greenbrier, however, Mrs. Benson required that Mr. Henry stay in a small room which had no air conditioning and no towels. Further, the room where Mrs. Benson required Mr. Henry to stay only had bunk beds designed for children to sleep in.
The next morning, Mr. Benson was outraged that Mr. Henry was being required to stay in an inferior room and, in front of Mrs. Benson, told Mr. Henry to move to a full-size room on the second floor in the main hallway. Mrs. Benson then told Mr. Benson that the small room with no air conditioning “was perfect” for Mr. Henry. As soon as Mr. Benson left the room, Mrs. Benson looked at Mr. Henry and screamed “I hate you.” Mr. Henry did not respond.
These allegations against Gayle Benson are particularly concerning since she stands to inherit the Saints and New Orleans Pelicans when the 88-year-old Tom Benson dies.
White? Uh huh.
Crotchety? Most likely.
Pompous? Without a doubt.
Entitled? Oh yeah.
Born and raised in the South? Rhetorical.
Looks like she checks all the boxes. Pretty much par for the course for a woman that possesses those "attributes" to be a little less than progressive. That doesn't mean she gets a pass for being a racist, but it does mean that I am surprised that she was able to limit her slurs to "black" with a HARD 'B'. Seems like she's got a pretty strong command of her tongue if were being honest. All jokes aside, there shouldn't be anyone associated with a professional sports franchise that is still prejudice. However, I would stop short of comparing this to a Donald Sterling situation. Gayle Benson may be a beneficiary of her husband's assets, but that doesn't mean she currently has any ownership of them.
Let's keep it real. If men had to take full responsibility for every stupid thing their significant other ever said the divorce rate would be 100%. By all accounts, Tom Benson not only treated his assistant with respect, but even did what a large majority of old white men would never do in standing up to his wife when she stepped way out of bounds. Perfect world? There's not a discriminatory old hag walking around the SuperDome like she owns the place, but it's only a mild inconvenience for the time being. We can revisit this again if Tom Benson dies and the franchise ends up in her name, but for now let's just hope that karma catches up and that overbearing xenophobic bitch accidentally walks into oncoming traffic before it ever becomes a very real concern.