New Orleans Saints Allegedly Gave Catholic Diocese PR Help Amid Sex Abuse Crisis

Bleacher Report

January 24, 2020

By Adam Wells

A court-appointed special master will hear arguments from the New Orleans Saints to prevent the release of emails from team executives that reportedly show them offering public relations help to the city’s Roman Catholic archdiocese as it dealt with multiple allegations of sexual abuse against its clergy members.

Per Jim Mustian of the Associated Press on Friday, attorneys for the 12 plaintiffs in the lawsuit found through discovery that the Saints “aided the Archdiocese of New Orleans in its ‘pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.'”

A full list of Saints executives involved wasn’t listed, but the team’s senior vice president of communications Greg Bensel was mentioned. “Multiple” team personnel were also said to have used their team-affiliated email addresses to advise church officials about their messaging and “how to soften the impact of the archdiocese’s release of a list of clergy members ‘credibly accused’ of sexual abuse.”

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