First off, I owe you guys an apology. I can’t believe I had nothing to say about Deion Sanders getting his first head coaching gig.
Fortunately for both you and me, it looks like I’ll have plenty of opportunities to rectify my mistake. I mean, if this is the first Prime Time story right out of the gate…
Following his team’s 53-0 win over Edward Waters on Sunday in his head coaching debut, Jackson State coach Deion Sanders was not in a celebratory mood when speaking to the media.
Instead, the Pro Football Hall of Famer shared with reporters how angry he felt when he returned to the coaches’ room to find that all of his belongings had been taken, including his phone, wallet, credit cards and watches.
Shortly after Sanders shared this, however, Jackson State officials told Sports Illustrated‘s Ross Dellenger that Sanders’s belongings had not actually been stolen, and were simply misplaced after being relocated for safekeeping. They have since been found and returned to Sanders, bringing a positive resolution to a bizarre sequence of events.
But Sanders denied this version of the events later Sunday evening, saying on Twitter that his belongings were stolen out of his bag in his office but the perpetrator was caught in the act by Sanders’s assistant. In a statement to Dellenger afterward, Sanders said the items were later found “stashed away in another location.”
Sanders called the Sunday’s win, which culminated in him receiving an ice bath on the sidelines and being presented with the game ball by his players, “One of the best moments I’ve ever had in my professional sports career, emotionally.” He described the alleged theft as a “malicious personal attack” and said it was the second time he’d had property stolen from him since moving to Jackson in December.
It’s not every day you see a football coach throw his school under the bus, especially after his first game. (Not that I’m complaining.) Pass the popcorn, please.