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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  • JoePetitjean

    There no fire here, She just needed a break.

  • Gene Higginbotham

    @JoePetitjean. Don’t know if it’s a fire because it’s already there. As far as needing a break, now is probably not the best time for one. Larry Holder of New Orleans WIST Radio 690 AM said people are clueless if they don’t think this is important. I won’t say that but I will say this is a concern if you wouldn’t raise an eyebrow that she has been missing major engagements and events that are club related. Plus the club basically had no comment so this is no “break”. You don’t drop everything and jet set when your club is in the status it is in right now. LeBlanc is set to take over as owner when Benson is no longer owner. Not a very good confidence building move to say the least if you’re a fan.

  • Gene Higginbotham

    @JoePetitjean Also when your own grandfather puts you on an “unofficial” administrative leave, it’s not a vacation request.

  • larryjames836

    The New Orleans Saints need someone that knows how to take care of the business your job comes first if its not that important just doing a disappearing act is not good. Mickey Loomis I’m sure need some help on making some decision somewhere down the line without the co-owner know where to be found is not business. Something is trying to push the Saints out the NFL completely I wish Sean Payton was still in the picture this would be a good spot for him he knows what to do this looks like a bad year for the New Orleans Saints with all the bad luck being said hoping they get out. So much been going on in the last 3 months done troubled so many minds that maybe she couldn’t handle anymore of the mess. This kind of job is not for a young lady to much stress for one young mind yes Mr.Tom Benson are up in age and owning two franchises sport teams need help on running them, but we going to make it know matter what.