Benson: "Baton Rouge Blows"

So To Speak

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson says he will not return to Baton Rouge for his hurricane-displaced team's games for the rest of this season and next year, according to an e-mail obtained by a newspaper and a television station.

The e-mail was sent to NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue following the Saints' loss on Sunday in Baton Rouge, taunts from fans and an altercation with a TV camera crew.

In the e-mail, Benson called security at Tiger Stadium "inadequate to non-existent" and claimed that he and his family members "could have all been severely injured or killed."

"I will not return to Baton Rouge for any reason, including any games scheduled for the end of this season or a contemplated next season," Benson said in the e-mail. "No person, much less the owner of NFL team, should have either he, his family or his friends subjected to this form of danger, intimidation and abuse. I was advised not to go but wanted to support the league."

Copies of the e-mail were obtained by The Times-Picayune and WWL-TV in New Orleans.

In a statement sent to The Times-Picayune, the Saints said the e-mail was sent out of frustration and Benson has not decided whether he will attend this weekend's game against the Chicago Bears in Baton Rouge.