Deion Sanders Reportedly Left NFL Network Over Pay Disagreement
Update #2 (Aug. 12th): More information is coming out about Deion Sanders’ shocking departure from NFL Network after 14 years. According to new reports, he allegedly left thanks to a pay disagreement. The network reportedly requested that Deion Sanders take a pay cut at the end of his contract. He was said to have agreed to a new contract before ultimately leaving the network.
Original Story: NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is reportedly leaving the NFL Network after working with the channel since 2006. NFL’s head of communications Alex Riethmiller said,
“Deion has been one of the key figures responsible for the growth of NFL Network. We thank him for his work and wish him the best in the future.”
Sources close to Deion Sanders reportedly said that his contract had expired but he initially agreed to a new deal. However, for unknown reasons he decided to leave the network all together.
In recent months, Deion had spoken about his desire to get into coaching after serving as offensive coordinator of Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, a suburb outside of Dallas. In January, Deion Sanders appeared on the “Dan Patrick Show” and said he would be a head coach in college football for the 2021 season,
“Yes I’m gonna be the head coach of college football next year. Somewhere. I’m not definite, I’m not assured that I am.This is a desire, this is something that is my calling, I’m gonna coach college football. Head coach, not coach.”
The former NFL player, affectionately nicknamed “Prime Time”, recently caused controversy after he posted tweets seemingly chastising athletes who have opted to not play this season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. He took to Twitter Friday (Aug. 7) and wrote,
“All Players OPTING out in all sports PLEASE BELIEVE the game will go on without u. This is a business & don’t u EVER forget that. There’s NO ONE that’s bigger than the game itself. Only the ref,umps & officials are that important that u can’t play without them. NOT YOU! #Truth”
Deion followed up his statement with another tweet where he said he’s more concerned about the everyday person who doesn’t have the choice to opt-out despite the coronavirus crisis.
“I’m much more concerned with EVERYDAY men & woman doing what they have to do to make ends meet. Most people have NO OPTION of choosing to go to work or stay in the comfort & safety of their environment. Have u forgotten your parents & family members can’t opt out? #Truth”
His messages set Twitter ablaze and made the name of the former defensive back and former baseball outfielder a trending topic. Sherrilyn Ifill, an attorney, law professor, as well as the President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund expressed her disappointment with Deion’s tweet and questioned his criticism of players’ opt-out decisions:
“This is so disappointing. So, these young men and women should risk their long term health or lives because “the game will go on”? I know that you know that “the game” is not life. And life is precious, as is sound health.”
Deion responded to her tweet stating that he is very familiar with how things work in the sports world as a result of his long career in both the sports world.
“Who said they shouldn’t? I pointed out they should know it’s a business and they will play this game regardless sis. U forgot I played for 14 years huh. You read and interpret what u desire to. Only way they don’t play is without refs. That’s simple right? With or without u or me”
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