WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. - New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson has been released from an area hospital just hours after suffering beathing difficulties while watching his team practice during its morning session at The Greenbrier, according to team spokesman Greg Bensel.
Benson, 87, was first examined by medical personnel and given oxygen before, as a matter of caution, he was transported to an area hospital.Team officials believe the altitude, nearly 2,000-feet above sea level, affected him.
'This morning, Mr. Benson left practice after not feeling well due to symptoms related to the altitude here in West Virginia,' Bensel said in a statement. 'He was transported to a local hospital in Lewisberg, WV and was given a series of tests, of which, doctors did not find any issues or complications. He was treated with oxygen and has been released. He is doing great and was under the care of team physician John Amoss the entire time. Mr. and Mrs. Benson thank all of those that have reached out.'
Last week, Benson was treated for dehydration at Saints camp and was taken to a nearby emergency room, where hewas given fluids before being released. He rejoined his team at practices on Thursday.
'I think this is the second time (it happened),' head coach Sean Payton said after practice. 'A lot of times usually it is dehydration. I am not really sure not having been over there when they took him away. I'm sure they will get him the right care. He is someone who we stay on top of. His energy being here has been fantastic. I don't think it is any news of note right now.'
Tuesday's episode is the latest health scare in what's been a tough few months for the Saints owner.
During the May owners meetings in Atlanta, Benson, who had then recently had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, tripped, fell and hit his head immediately after presenting New Orleans' bid for the Super Bowl in 2018. The game was ultimately awarded to Minneapolis.
He was taken away by ambulance to an Atlanta hospital, where doctors examined him for a concussion and subsequently cleared him to fly home to New Orleans.
Benson released a statement soon after that incident.
'Following my presentation, I accidentally tripped, and hit my head, having had knee surgery just over a week ago,' said Benson in a statement. 'Out of an abundance of caution, the doctors wanted to clear me before we fly back home tonight.'