|11-03-2005, 07:56 AM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2003
Saints owner worried about safety
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Personal safety concerns might keep team owner Tom Benson from returning to Baton Rouge for New Orleans Saints games.
He sent an e-mail Sunday night to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, saying he definitely would not go back to Tiger Stadium. Copies of the e-mail were obtained by The Times-Picayune and WWL-TV in New Orleans.
Benson was taunted by fans and had an altercation with a TV camera crew after the hurricane-displaced Saints' loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins. The anger toward Benson stems from talks he apparently had about relocating the team to San Antonio, where the Saints practice and play some of their home games.
In the e-mail, Benson called security at LSU's stadium ``inadequate to nonexistent,'' and claimed he and his family ``could have all been severely injured or killed.''
``I will not return to Baton Rouge for any reason, including any games scheduled for the end of this season or a contemplated next season,'' Benson said in the e-mail. ``No person, much less the owner of NFL team, should have either he, his family or his friends subjected to this form of danger, intimidation and abuse.''