ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — New Orleans Saints spokesman Greg Bensel says Tom Benson is “fine” after falling and hitting his head as he walked off of a podium during Tuesday’s NFL owners meetings in Atlanta.
Benson was taken from the meetings by ambulance to a hospital, where Bensel says the owner was being examined for concussion symptoms before his scheduled flight home to New Orleans.
The fall occurred after a New Orleans contingent presented its bid for the 2018 Super Bowl.
“Following my presentation, I accidentally tripped and hit my head, having had knee surgery just over a week ago,” Benson said. “Out of an abundance of caution, the doctors wanted to clear me before we fly back home tonight.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the 86-year-old Benson “fortunately appears to be fine and as a precautionary step was taken to a hospital.”
New Orleans was among three finalists, along with Minneapolis and Indianapolis. After four rounds of voting, the Minneapolis bid won.