Good news for New Orleans Saints sparse; Rita Benson LeBlanc reportedly on "leave"

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December 4, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints executive vice president Rita Benson LeBlanc and her father Saints owner Tom Benson on the sidelines during pregame at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-US PRESSWIRE

Hearing anything positive associated with the New Orleans Saints is few and far between lately except from fans.  In a recent report by The Times-Picayune’s Jeff Duncan, it isn’t getting better.

Duncan reported early this morning that Saints co-owner and granddaughter of owner Tom Benson, Rita Benson LeBlanc, is on an “unofficial paid administrative leave”.

LeBlanc has been noticabley absent for quite some time and hasn’t really been seen making any statements or appearances concerning the Saints especially over the “pay for performance” investigation.

In fact, it was owner Tom Benson, not LeBlanc, who has been the face of the franchise since after the season ended and the investigation has come to light.  Benson also is the one who made several trips to speak with the league office about it.

LeBlanc is widely considered the favorite to take control of the franchise upon Benson’s passing or if he decides to retire.  She appeared to be being groomed for the role for close to ten years now appearing anywhere Benson was.

Her involvement and participation in all aspects of the club have been at an all-time high until recently.  With the report by Duncan, it could cause some concern about the direction being taken with LeBlanc.

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