Monday, June 28, 2010

Saints Deny Reports Citing Politics Delaying WH Appearance

An official with the New Orleans Saints issued a statement refuting media reports that politics, specifically team owner Tom Benson’s affiliation and support for the Republican Party, is responsible for the relatively late scheduled appearance by the Super Bowl champs at the White House.

Responding to an inquiry made by The Onside Kick, a representative of the team said that not only has the trip been in the works for months but also that Benson always planned on being part of the contingent paying a visit to President Barack Obama.

It’s likely that the gulf oil spill is largely responsible for the delay, as the president might be wary about appearing in a celebratory setting with the city’s pro football franchise while thousands of gallons of oil continue to spew into the Gulf of Mexico.

Though an exact date has not been announced, the Saints have disclosed that they will drop by the White House en route to their preseason game at New England in August.

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