NFL/NBA now have a Donald Sterling problem with Gayle Benson

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Rodney Henry, Tom Benson's longtime assistant, claims racial discrimination, harassment by Benson's wife

Lawsuit: Ex-Tom Benson assistant claims he was racially harassed by wife Gayle, treated 'with disdain and disrespect' | The Advocate

Tom Benson's Former Assistant Sues Wife Gayle over Alleged Racial Discrimination | Bleacher Report

Rodney Henry, Tom Benson's longtime assistant, claims racial discrimination, harassment by Benson's wife | NOLA.com

"Henry in 2014 heard Gayle Benson say, "I hate that black son of a ***** and am going to get rid of him," according to the filing, among other incidents described in the lawsuit."

"Henry claims the Saints retaliated against him after he was deposed in a lawsuit questioning Tom Benson's mental health."

"Henry was allegedly forced to stay in a room that featured child-sized bunk beds and didn't have towels or air conditioning."
 

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My question is why say it now, if not for gain, instead of putting in your original suit? This all seems suspect.
It is very suspicious that this did not become a claim until the original claim was deemed to fall under the NFL's jurisdiction because of a clause in his employment contract. Only then did these claims suddenly appear. It is suspect that a claim so serious as this was not brought out in the original suit or even sooner.
 

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It is very suspicious that this did not become a claim until the original claim was deemed to fall under the NFL's jurisdiction because of a clause in his employment contract. Only then did these claims suddenly appear. It is suspect that a claim so serious as this was not brought out in the original suit or even sooner.
My thoughts exactly.
 

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My question is why say it now, if not for gain, instead of putting in your original suit? This all seems suspect.

Not hard to imagine why. I'm guessing the racial stuff and mistreatment were bad for that guy, but not insanely bad enough on a long-term, day to day basis, where it would be worthy of a lawsuit. I'm sure, considering how Tom came to his defense, that he probably is fond of Tom, and considering they had a long, intimate working relationship and probably a close friendship, he might have preferred to handle his pursuit of back pay in a way that harmed Mr Benson as little as possible. When that didn't work out, then it was time to stop pulling punches and bring out the big guns.

Also, $50,000 a year to work 10-14 hour days as a millionaire's personal assistant seems like chump change.
 

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This is just another last resort for the 3 R' to get The team out of Mr. Benson. I hope Benson sells the team to Peyton Manning and Archie Manning.ASAP
I'm so sick of hearing this, the Manning's can afford about 10% of the Saints and even that would be stretching it.
 
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Obviously...pointing out his color was wrong. But she didn't say that she was going to get rid of him because he was black...and she didn't say that she hated him because he was black. The Sterling statements were infinitely worse.
 

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the entire issue with this situation is this:

Are the 3Rs butthurt that Dad/Grandad took the keys to the playroom away?

Yes.

Is Rita a major b-word?

Yes.

Is Gayle a gold digger?

Yes.

Is she the reason the Rs got cut off?

Yes.

Did the Rs deserve to get cut off?

Yes.

None of this is positive if all you want is solid, winning football 25-ish sundays out of the year.
Gayle is not the reason they three R's were cut off. Renee had huge issues with Tom's second wife as well. The only changes that have occurred were whatever Rita did to earn a suspension and Tom nearing the end of his life, and seeing the struggle for his fortune start.

Renee and Tom Roddy made a play to take control of the empire, and Benson caught it and put a stop to it. Gayle was a factor, but in no way the reason this has all played out in this manner.
 

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Every person named manning in the country could probally put all their wealth together and still not afford the team.
We would need someone on this list to be interested in buying the team.

Forbes Welcome

Jeffery Hildebrand would be my best choice as he is closer (Houston), on the younger side of the list, made his fortune in oil, and is a big contributor to Catholic Charities. I see a pretty decent synergy there for wanting to keep the team in new Orleans, and as being someone Benson wouldn't mind selling to.

Dan Friedkin may be a good option too. He has business dealings in Louisiana, so there could be a desire to stay loyal to the area.


But I have a decent confidence that Benson has a solid succession plan in place going forward. He isn't a billionaire by accident. He always had a plan "B" of sorts if the three R's broke bad.
 

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