Deion Sanders is a former NFL player, and one of the best all time.
Sanders also is an NFL Network analyst, essentially paid by the league and its properties for his opinions.
Sanders also is unquestionably a hypocrite. No ifs, ands or buts.
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At the Super Bowl, Sanders blasted the retired players who joined in on a now-settled concussion suit with the NFL, claiming it was a money grab for players for what he claimed was a safe sport.
But it turns out that Sanders already was part of a different money grab himself, some two years prior. According to the Los Angeles Times, Sanders filed for workers' compensation in California, claiming that he had suffered head trauma and other injuries incurred while playing for the Dallas Cowboys.
Wow. On any corner not known as 21st and Prime, that's what's known as a colossal two-face.
A phone message by Yahoo Sports to Sanders seeking comment on the story was not immediately returned.
The case has yet to be determined, but initial findings in November 2010 showed Sanders to be 86 percent disabled by the Division of Workers' Compensation, according to case documents. Four doctors examined Sanders apparently found that Sanders suffered from more than a dozen medical conditions, including cognitive impairment, behavioral/emotional disorder, arthritis and, ahem, "arousal disorder," which interestingly is categorized as a sleep impairment.
They all must have been coincidences.
Except that in filing the case, Sanders is saying that these are directly related to his work on the field as a player. Which is diametrically opposed to what he said at the Super Bowl, bashing players seeking a settlement who — 99.9 percent of which — made far less coin in their careers than Sanders, who continues to draw a big paycheck from his football fame.
The NFL and players settled their concussion suit last week, with the players' settlement totaling $765 million, a sum that actually could grow once all the dust settles. Part of the stipulation is that all retired players, not just the ones named in the suit, are eligible to apply for benefits.
Here's hoping the Sanders either changes his stance on the safety of football or the recipients of the concussion suit, or that he drops his workers' comp claim. Anything less would be incredibly hypocritical for a paid NFL employee.