Former NFL star, Deion Sanders may have been pushed to his breaking point when it comes to all of the controversy surrounding alleged illegal recruitment practices at Prime Prep Academy, which is a tuition-free charter school that he co-founded in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. The Huffington Post is reporting that in a recent interview with KRLD, Sanders went all the way off referring to a reporter as an “African American killer,” claiming that the unnamed reporter who Media Bistro is identifying as WFFA’s Brett Shipp was using reporting tactics that were racial and that he only sought to implicate Black students as the guilty parties. It seems that Shipp has conducted several reports surrounding the controversy.
“First of all, this all started mainly by a Caucasian reporter from a news station, Channel 8, you know who I’m talking about, and he seems like he’s the African-American killer,” Sanders said. “It’s always something against a brother. And that bothers me. I’ve never been accused of cheating with anything, in any sports, in any arena, in my life.”
Deion’s charter school has been under investigation for months for the improper transfer of many of the school’s athletes from outside of that particular school district. Athletic officials have even banned the prep school’s participation in any varsity games for the 2012-13 school year. Sanders feels that most the harsh treatment of his school by officials is stemmed from their dislike of him personally.
“We have a lawyer that’s getting ready to tear some butts up, because a lot of the things that were done to our institution was done wrong because you dislike me,” he said. “Don’t allow your disdain for me affect our kids and that’s what’s happening.”
It is hard to say whether or not Deion’s school employed illegal recruitment tactics of high school students. It is also difficult to prove that the investigation being conduced on the institution by officials is racially driven. Either way, it does seem like Sanders is looking to do something positive in his community as tuition for some prep schools in that particular area run as a high as $10,000 per year.
Hopefully things get resolved soon, especially for the upperclassmen who could potentially miss out on athletic scholarships for college due to the school being banned from playing in varsity games this school year.
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Jazmine Denise is a writer living in New York. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise