Deion Sanders Accuses Estranged Wife of Assault
By Lateef Mungin, CNN
The estranged wife of former football star Deion Sanders was arrested on domestic violence-related charges Monday night, hours after Sanders sent a series of bizarre tweets saying she assaulted him.
In one of the messages posted on his verified Twitter account, Sanders even posted a picture of what he said were his children filling out complaints to give to the police.
“Pray for me and my kids now! They just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room,” the first tweet posted at 6:15 p.m. read. “She’s going to jail n I’m pressing charges!”
Two minutes later, Sanders tweeted again.
“I’m sad my boys witnessed this mess but I warned the police department here that she was gone try n harm me and my boys. This is on my mama!” it said.
Shortly after that, Sanders tweeted a picture that showed him and two boy, ages 10 and 12, filling out paperwork.
“filling out police reports now! Thank God for this platform to issue the Truth,” the caption read.
Pilar Sanders was booked into jail Monday night on suspicion of assault family violence, a misdemeanor, according to booking records at the Collin County Jail.
Bond was set at $264.
Sanders played for several NFL teams including the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame and currently works as an analyst for the NFL Network.
The NFL Network as well as Sanders’ business manager Constance Schwartz declined to comment about the incident.
But a clearly emotional Sanders spoke to a Dallas television station KXAS Monday night, and appealed for help.
“My kids, they are scared for their life,” Sanders told the station. “They just saw two women jump their dad in his own house, in his room, in my room. It’s sad.”
“I got locks on my doors right now,” he added. “Is somebody going to have to die? Is it going to be me before the court does something and get this woman out of my house? It’s absurd.”
The couple has three children together. Sanders also has two other children from an earlier relationship.
The couple married in 1999 and starred in a reality show, “Deion & Pilar Prime Time Love,” that aired on the Oxygen network.
The marriage, however, soured, and the two are in the midst of a very public, bitter divorce.
In February, Pilar Sanders filed a suit against her husband and his aunt, Laura Jones. She said the aunt attacked her in their 10-bedroom, 29,000-square foot home in Prosper, Texas, while Deion Sanders watched.
At the time, the football star tweeted that his wife was the aggressor and the aunt was in the home merely to fix his phone.
Pilar Sanders also filed a separate suit against her husband and his daughter, Deiondra, after she called her stepmother a “gold-digging (expletive)” and “the number one gold digger of the year” in Twitter posts.
In the second suit, Pilar Sanders demanded $200 million in damages for libelous and slanderous comments. She claims that her husband “endorsed Deiondra’s false statements” and himself tweeted he was “tired of all (Pilar’s) lies and foolishness.”
— CNN’s Jillian Martin, Scott Thompson and Stephanie Gallman contributed to this report.