Former NFL Star Deion Sanders And Wife Both Hit With Assault Charges
Former football and baseball great Deion Sanders, 44 (a.k.a. "Prime Time" and "Neon Deion"), who is in the middle of a messy divorce with his estranged wife, Pilar Sanders, was cited for misdemeanor simple assault on Monday after an incident that wound Pilar in jail, also charged with misdemeanor assault.
Deion Sanders tweeted that Pilar and a friend of hers had attacked him in front of their children in suburban Dallas mansion that the two still share, occupying separate areas. "Pray for me and my kids now!" began the series of Deion's tweets. "They just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room. She's going to jail n I'm pressing charges!" Deion then tweeted a picture, which was later removed, of two of his sons, aged 10 and 12 filling out police reports.
Both Pilar and Deion Sanders, who filed for divorce in December, are under gag orders, and no details of the allegations have been released, according to the Los Angeles Times, but a police spokesperson said that Deion's charge, which did not warrant arrest, includes any act that could be construed as aggressive — even a touch or a "jerking away from someone's grip" — according to the paper.
Pilar, on the other hand, spent the night in jail for what Deion's attorney Rick Robertson calls an "assault action that … was a criminal action that also constitutes family violence." Deion was granted a protective order against Pilar that prevents her from entering the couple's home for 60 days.
After Pilar Sanders' arraignment on Tuesday, she explained her innocence, saying, "I understand that I have very little chance of beating a Hall of Fame two-sport man that everyone seems to love and adore," she said. "I'm a full-time mom — 100 percent for children — and I just haven't been given a fair shake since any of this began."
In 2008, Deion and Pilar Sanders starred in the short-lived Oxygen reality show, Deion & Pilar: Prime Time Love.
Watch the video of Pilar Sanders, via the Washington Post, here: