Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson couldn’t remember exactly where his football team won the Super Bowl in 2010. Or the name of his basketball team’s most famous player. He was giving a deposition, getting grilled by an attorney for a former employee pursuing a labor complaint against him with the NFL, and the 89-year-old was clearly fuzzy on some of the details that came up. Yet Benson was firm about why he had fired his former personal assistant in June 2015, alleging lapses in performance. And he was insistent that he had done nothing wrong in letting Rodney Henry go. “He disappointed me so bad,” Benson said. “I didn’t want to think about him anymore.”
During another set of questions, apparently aimed at establishing how close Benson and Henry had been, Benson was shown a photo of the two men with Pelicans star Anthony Davis. “Who is this?” Williams asked. “It’s Rodney and a basketball player,” Benson said. “Oh, hell, I forget his name. Let me — he’s a great player for us. Tell me his name, and I will tell you yes or no.” Williams said Anthony Davis. Benson said, “Yes, that’s it.”
Mike Triplett: The Saints have fired team orthopedists Deryk Jones and Misty Suri, per source, after it was discovered that CB Delvin Breaux has a fractured fibula and will require surgery expected to sidelined him for 4-6 weeks. Breaux was originally diagnosed with a contusion – and the team was frustrated that he wasn’t recovering more quickly until the missed diagnosis was revealed. It was accurately reported that the team has had an issue with Breaux’s string of nagging injuries in the past, but this case is different. And it seems unlikely at this point that the team will be as eager to trade or release Breaux. Justin Verrier: Suri was only with the Pelicans for a year-plus but was their head team physician and director of medical services. twitter.com/MikeTriplett/s…
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