Deion Sanders has been fired by the Prime Prep Academy, a charter school in the Dallas area which he helped to found two years ago, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News. Sanders was later reinstated by the school on Friday, according to WFAA in Dallas.
Deion Sanders is being unfired today. Deion and D.L. Wallace are mending fences and Deion will be coaching football for Prime Prep tonight.— Brett Shipp (@brett_shipp) October 11, 2013
The school released the following statement after Sanders' dismissal:
"Effective immediately, Deion Sanders is no longer an employee or representative for Prime Prep Academy," said superintendent Rachel M. King-Sanders in the school's press release. "Prime Prep is committed to continually improving as an educational institution and it will continue to strive for excellence in every aspect."
Sanders allegedly assaulted an administrator at the Oak Cliff charter school earlier in the week over a disagreement over the treatment of the students. The former NFL cornerback was concerned that a number of students were struggling academically, and has acknowledged that a confrontation did take place while denying assaulting the school's employee. The victim claims that Sanders grabbed him by the throat and threw him to the ground, while Sanders claims no physical assault took place.
A police report was filed regarding the incident, with Sanders taking to Twitter to give his side of what happened, reiterating that he was merely standing up for the students.
The Person claiming assault is a fake administrator whom does absolutely nothing to help the school,kids or teachers reach our goals. Truth— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) October 10, 2013
Prime Prep Academy has struggled since its founding two years ago, dealing with controversy related to eligibility concerns for its football and basketball teams. The school failed to meet University Interscholastic League rules and was forced to play an independent schedule, while the school has also failed to meet state academic standards in two straight years.