Report: Saints owner Tom Benson offers to give up control of Texas trust

Report: Saints owner Tom Benson offers to give up control of Texas trust

SAN ANTONIO (WVUE) - New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has offered to relinquish control of a family trust fund in Texas as long as his estranged daughter is not allowed to take his place, according to a report on NOLA.com.

The report says Benson, 88, is asking that an  independent trustee be appointed to replace him. He argues that his daughter's "ingratitude and hostility" toward him would make her unfit to manage the fund. The account holds interest in Benson's car dealerships, real estate and a Texas bank.

The move is part of a larger legal battle over his fortune, but does not involve ownership interests in the Saints and Pelicans franchises.

Renee Benson and her two children have argued that Tom Benson is in mental decline, but this summer, a judge found Benson competent to manage his affairs.

Another lawsuit involving the Saints and Pelicans future ownership is headed to mediation.

Benson is the owner of WVUE.

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