New Orleans Saints release statement after owner Gayle Benson tests positive for COVID-19

By Vincent Frank
Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The sports world has returned to action over the past month after a long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This doesn’t mean that it is still not being impacted by a virus that remains very real in the United States today.

The New Orleans Saints and owner Gayle Benson found that out firsthand recently.

Saints owner Gayle Benson doing well after COVID-19 diagnosis

“Mrs. Benson wants to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers,” the team said in a statement. “She is progressing well and improving daily. She has not missed a day of work calls at Saints and Pelicans and has participated in daily NBA, and NFL owners calls.

Benson, 73, would be considered among the high-risk demography. Although, she seems to be doing pretty well.

The wife of late former Saints owner Tom Benson, she took over that role for both the Pelicans and Saints after he passed away back in 2018. There was some family drama surrounding the take over with Tom Benson’s daughter and grandchildren filing lawsuits claiming diminished mental capacity.

Mrs. Benson is one of 10 female owners around the National Football League, which speaks to the growing inclusive nature of the league during these times.

Obviously, we’re wishing Benson the best with her Saints set to open up the 2020 regular season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 13.