Report: Police investigating Deion Sanders for alleged assault

Dallas police are investigating Deion Sanders for allegedly assaulting Kevin Jefferson, the chief financial officer for Prime Prep Academy, on Wednesday. (USA TODAY Sports)

Report: Police investigating allegation Deion Sanders assaulted employee at school

The Dallas-area charter school founded by Deion Sanders has cut ties to the Pro Football Hall of Famer following allegations that he assaulted a school administrator.

Dallas police are reportedly
investigating Sanders for allegedly assaulting Kevin Jefferson, the
chief financial officer for Prime Prep Academy, on Wednesday. The school later issued a press release stating it has severed its relationship
with Sanders, who helped found the school and run its sports
programs.

Jefferson told The Dallas Morning News that Sanders
physically assaulted him over a disagreement about the academic
struggles of the school’s athletes.

“He hurried to
the back of the classroom and was kind of standing over me, so I stood
up and he grabbed me by my throat, my collar and my jacket,” Jefferson
told the paper.

Jefferson said he was thrown to the
ground and suffered bruises to his ribs and back, an injured hip and a
sore throat, according to the police report.

“Four or five administrators had to get him off of me,” Jefferson
said.

Sanders denied the allegation in a series of
interviews and Twitter postings.

“Jefferson was not
beat down,” Sanders told WFAA-TV. “Mr. Jefferson and I got into a
confrontation about the welfare of these kids. And we’ll get into
another one. Until you start taking care of these kids, I’m going to be
on a rampage.”

Sanders took to Twitter Thursday to
defend himself. One post on his @DeionSanders account stated:

Which was followed by:
Sanders also told TMZ.com: “We locked up with one another…but he was not physically assaulted.”

Sanders added: “He’s looking
for a pay day. I did nothing to that gentleman that warranted an
assault.”

Sanders and Prime Prep have been the
subject of controversy since the school opened last fall. Prime Prep has been accused of recruiting top players from other
schools.

Conflicts with its local competition
district led to Prime Prep withdrawing its affiliation with the
statewide organization that governs public school
athletics.

A news release posted Thursday to the
school’s website said Sanders is no longer affiliated with Prime
Prep.

“Effective immediately, Deion Sanders is no
longer an employee or representative for Prime Prep Academy,” the
release from superintendent Rachel M. King-Sanders
stated.

That was followed by another press release
Friday from T. Christopher Lewis, chairman of Uplift Fort Worth CDC, the governing body for Prime Prep:

“On behalf of the
board of directors of Uplift Fort Worth … I write in support of the
decision to end the relationship between Prime Prep Academy and Mr.
Deion Sanders…The school family wishes Mr. Sanders much success in his
future endeavors.”

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