Saints, Pelicans Owner Gayle Benson Uninjured After Attempted Carjacking

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 16, 2020

New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson watches from the sideline before an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Gayle Benson was the victim of an attempted carjacking last weekend.

According to Ramon Antonio Vargas and Amie Just of NOLA.com, police did not identify Benson by name, but Saints and Pelicans spokesperson Greg Bensel confirmed she was involved.

Per the police report, a man entered Benson's vehicle while she was in it but exited the vehicle and drove off in his white Nissan Titan after she screamed at him to get out.

Benson was not injured during the encounter.

In his statement on Benson's behalf, Bensel said: "While she was very shaken at the time, she was unharmed and is doing fine. She wanted to send her sincere gratitude to the men and women of the New Orleans Police Department that responded so quickly and professionally."

The incident is under investigation, and no suspects have been named.

Benson, 73, was the wife of late Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson, who died at the age of 90 in 2018. Gayle Benson has been the principal owner of both franchises since Tom's death.

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