Saints & Pelicans Owner Gayle Benson Victim of Attempted Carjacking In New Orleans

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New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson is thankful for her life this week after she was the victim of an attempted car theft last weekend in New Orleans, team officials confirmed Friday.

While seated inside her vehicle, a man suddenly barged into Benson’s car, but abandoned his plan when Benson screamed at him to get out.

Saints and Pelicans senior vice president of communications Greg Bensel said Friday that while Benson was “very shaken at the time, she was unharmed and is doing fine.”

“She wanted to send her sincere gratitude to the men and women of the New Orleans Police Department that responded so quickly and professionally,” Bensel said in a statement.

Cops say the man got back into his Nissan Titan and fled the scene. Police in New Orleans are still investigating.

Benson succeeded her husband, Tom Benson, as the owner of both franchises when Tom died in March 2018.