I don't know what is happening behind the scenes, but either Benson has no power at all or he is incapable of standing up for the Saints. Why wasn't he out negotiating for his coach/players? Why isn't he telling Goodell to let Payton back now that the season is over?
The Saints are a sacrificial lamb for the league. "Standing up" isn't fighting Goodell, it's fighting the other owners. I seriously doubt Benson has any desire to alienate himself and go the Al Davis route.
His entire management team lied repeatedly to the nfl. I don't think he has many chips to play.
According to Vilma's attorney the NFL "warning" consisted of an NFL security person asking some lower level member of the coaching staff about their "bounty" program and the NFL security person was told that the Saints didn't have one, because they didn't because PPP =/= PPI. The version the media was given to run with made it sound like Goodell told Payton and Loomis personally to stop or there'd be consequences, but Ginsberg's account, which is based on evidence in the case, not propaganda leaked to the media, is very different.
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