Pelicans’ owner Gayle Benson tests positive for coronavirus

Benson coronavirus
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
0 Comments

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gayle Benson, the owner of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, has tested positive for the coronavirus but has not been hospitalized and has continued to work from home, a spokesman said Friday.

“She is progressing well and improving daily,” Greg Bensel, vice president of communications and broadcasting for both franchises, said in a text message to The Associated Press. “She has not missed a daily work call with Saints and Pelicans staff, nor has she missed an NBA or NFL owner call in recent days.”

The New Orleans Advocate first reported the 73-year-old Benson’s test result.

Benson, 73, took over as sole owner of both franchises when her husband, Tom Benson, died in March of 2018.

This past March, she donated $1 million to establish a Community Assistance Fund to help respond to the effects of the spread of the coronavirus in the New Orleans area.

The Pelicans were eliminated quickly from play in the NBA return bubble, and have since fired Alvin Gentry and started the search for a new coach.