The New Orleans Saints want to keep emails exchanged with the local Roman Catholic archdiocese private and are going to court to try to shield the correspondence, according to an Associated Press report.
The emails could show that the team was assisting the Archdiocese of New Orleans in managing the fallout from a sexual abuse scandal through public relations strategies, according to a court filing.
The request to bring the documents to light was filed on behalf of more than 20 men who believe the emails could show the Saints helped the archdiocese to hide crimes.
The AP report states that Saints attorneys dispute the claim of a cover-up and argue that the correspondence should remain private. The emails in question are from 2018 and 2019.
Arguments on the matter are expected to be heard in the next few weeks before a decision is made on whether the documents can remain private.
Saints owner Gayle Benson has donated millions of dollars to Catholic institutions, the AP reported. When her husband, Tom Benson, died in 2018, New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond accompanied her during the funeral procession.
--Field Level Media