Saints ordered to pay $400,000 to former Benson aide

July 26, 2018 - 3:45 pm

The New Orleans Saints must pay nearly $400,000 to a former personal aide to the late Tom Benson, a league arbitrator ruled, in a story in The New Orleans Advocate.

Rodney Henry is due $100,000 in unpaid overtime, $105,000 under a clause in his contract that guaranteed him the payout if he was fired by someone other than Benson, and close to $190,000 in legal fees, according to the report.

The Advocate reports the arbitrator, however, rejected claims that Henry was fired in retaliation for complaining that Benson's wife, Gayle Benson, made racially derogatory comments about him.

The ruling comes three years after Henry was fired. The case against the Saints was first filed in federal court in New Orleans, but a judge ruled the matter should be handled by an NFL arbitrator.

In the time since, Tom Benson died and Gayle Benson has assumed ownership of the Saints as well as the NBA Pelicans.

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