Saints owner Tom Benson says he will not sell team or NBA’s Pelicans

Saints owner Tom Benson reiterated Sunday that he will not sell the team.
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Saints owner Tom Benson reiterated Sunday that he will not sell the team after a column in The Times-Picayune called on him to relinquish control of the franchise and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

The column,which ran on the front page of the paper on Sunday, contains a statement from Benson in which he says, “Retiring, selling any part of these teams are not part of my thinking in anyway.”

Benson issued a longer statement Sunday evening calling the piece “scurrilous.”

“I am not selling either team,” Benson said. “That is not in my makeup. I am not retiring or stepping aside, while I do appreciate all of the sincere concern for my health.”

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