NEW ORLEANS — In a court deposition, Tom Benson says he ousted his daughter and grandchildren from executive positions in the Saints and Pelicans after a confrontation turned physical between his daughter, Renee, and his wife, Gayle.
The deposition, filed in federal court in New Orleans this week, was taken in late March at Benson’s offices in suburban New Orleans. It’s part of a federal lawsuit over Benson’s decision to remove his family members’ shares in his NBA and NFL franchises from a trust and substitute other assets.
Benson says in the deposition that his daughter and two grandchildren “tried to kill me” by picking on his wife and behaving in a hostile manner.
Benson said the hostility included a 2014 confrontation in his Superdome suite when Renee allegedly shook Gayle.