When NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders appeared on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, he probably didn't expect to stir up any controversy. But that's what happened following the Pro Football Hall of Famer's interview on the radio show with Joyner, Roland Martin and Sybil Wilkes. Prime Time was asked what he thought about Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel:
DEION SANDERS: Oh, please. I love Johnny Football. See, the reason people won’t accept Johnny Football is because Johnny Football has ghetto tendencies. I love Johnny Football.
TOM JOYNER: He’s got ghetto tendencies?
ROLAND MARTIN: He’s got ghetto tendencies? What are ghetto tendencies, Prime Time?
DEION SANDERS: Because he was successful, he made it, and he let you all know he made it, and he was cocky, he was flamboyant, and he let you know.
(You can read the full transcript of the interview here.)
After the "ghetto tendencies" line was pointed out on Twitter by Robert Littal, Sanders denied saying it.
Sanders still hasn't apologized for the insensitive remark.
Like father, like son
Meanwhile in college basketball, Richard Pitino lead Minnesota to the NIT championship in his first season as head coach. The Golden Gophers beat SMU 65-63. Richard's father, Rick, was in attendance at Madison Square Garden.