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SBD/April 23, 2012/People and Pop Culture
Sources Say Rita Benson LeBlanc Is Serving Unofficial Administrative Leave From Saints
Published April 23, 2012
NEW FACE OF THE TEAM? Sources said that LeBlanc's "sense of entitlement has been a source of conflict with her grandfather, a self-made billionaire from the hardscrabble 7th Ward who shuns the spotlight and still routinely clocks six-day workweeks." Since shortly after Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, LeBlanc "has not worked regularly out of her office at the club's Metairie training facility and has visited the facility just a handful of times." The Hornets sale "wasn't the only business appointment LeBlanc recently missed." The fact that the Saints' head of business operations "wasn't involved in the largest transaction in franchise history indicates a clear diminishing base of power." Technically, LeBlanc's "standing in the Saints' corporate tree rests just below her grandfather" and above Saints Exec VP & CFO DENNIS LAUSCHA. But anyone who has "done business with the Saints knows Lauscha has emerged as the go-to person." He makes the "decisions and the deals, and it looks like that will be the case with the Hornets as well" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 4/22).