Associated Press file photo by GERALD HERBERT -- Tom Benson poses with wife Gayle Benson, and granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc before the 49ers game with the Saints in November.

New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson reacted to family members lawsuit rejecting their allegations of his mental health as groundless and without merit.

The suit was filed by Benson’s granddaughter, Rita Benson LeBlanc, who was recently removed by the Saints owner as executive vice president of the Saints and Pelicans.

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