Jeff Duncan reported yesterday that the entire Benson family feud and change in succession plan may have been ignited by a physical confrontation between Rita Benson LeBlanc and Gayle Benson in the owner's suite just prior to the Saints December 21st game against the Atlanta Falcons.
At one point, the two sources who witnessed the incident said, Rita Benson LeBlanc, then 37, grabbed Gayle Benson by both shoulders and shook the then-67-year-old repeatedly during a confrontation that lasted several minutes.
"She (Rita) was shaking her (Gayle) to emphasize her point and to be heard," said one of the sources who was in the suite and witnessed the incident. "It was pretty ugly.
"I remember the pyrotechnics going off in the stadium (during pregame player introductions) and thinking fireworks were also going off in the suite."
Canal Street Chronicles has obtained exclusive cell phone video from one of the guests in the Benson suite during the altercation.