Police in Dallas are investigating a claim that former NFL star Deion Sanders assaulted an employee of the charter school he co-founded, according to the Dallas Morning News. Kevin Jefferson, an employee of Prime Prep Academy, said that Sanders assaulted him during a faculty meeting at the school Wednesday. Sanders, meeting with other administrators and teachers, was disappointed that several student athletes are not performing well academically. He and Jefferson got into an argument during the meeting. "He was a little upset and a little emotional," Jefferson said. According to the police report, Jefferson said he asked Sanders not to speak to him in a certain way. "He walked back to the back of the classroom to where I was sitting in a desk," Jefferson told the Morning News Thursday morning. "As he got closer to me, I stood up because he was kind of standing over me and he just kind of kept talking to me and at me and then he just grabbed me by my throat and kind of threw me to the ground. Some people had to get him off of me." Jefferson said he checked into a hospital to see if he had injuries. He said he had no prior confrontations with Sanders. In a series of tweets Thursday, Sanders acknowledged he had a disagreement with Jefferson, but did not assault him. "I won't sit&witness my PrimePrep kids receive 2nds when they deserve the BEST EDUCATION!There was NO assault but a definite confrontation," Sanders wrote. Jefferson said he is considering taking legal action against Sanders. "I'm going to pursue my options with my attorney," he said. "I just think it's unacceptable in a professional environment particularly at a school for that kind of behavior to go on."
- Kevin Jefferson
- the Dallas Morning News