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Rita Benson LeBlanc In Hospital Thursday

METAIRIE -- Two-sport owner Tom Benson curiously opened Thursday's pre-draft press conference with news that his granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, would not be in attendance.

"Rita has been hospitalized today at Ochsner or she would be here,'' Benson said of the New Orleans Saints' owner and executive vice president who reportedly is on unofficial paid administrative leave, according to The Times-Picayune.

Benson did not elaborate nor was he asked by reporters why his granddaughter went to the hospital.

Team spokesman Greg Bensel said LeBlanc is "out'' of the hospital after spending a brief time there Thursday. Bensel said he did not know why LeBlanc went to the hospital.


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