Deion Sanders comes out of hiding today to talk to Thayer Evans of the NEW YORK TIMES about his role in Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant getting suspended by the school.
Sanders, contrary to what ESPN Radio host (and former Oklahoma State basketball player) Doug Gottlieb said today on-air, claimed to Evans that Okie State coaches asked him to mentor Bryant! Gottlieb said he was told by the same coaches that Sanders spirited Bryant away from them and was providing unsolicited career advice.
Sanders said he was asked two years ago to mentor Bryant because of Bryant’s difficult past; his mother served time in prison on a drug-sale conviction.
Sanders said that before he started mentoring Bryant, he called Oklahoma State’s receivers coach to ensure that it was O.K.
“When Dez is late to class, the coach calls me,” Sanders said. “When Dez doesn’t show up for this, the coach calls me.”
Sadly, we get no response to Sanders’ comments from Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.
There could be some middle ground here, perhaps Okie State coaches did ask Sanders to talk to Bryant, but Sanders took that contact to an inappropriate level by attempting to broach some sort of quasi-business relationship.
Next shoes to drop for Sanders: His relationship “mentoring” West Virginia running back Noel Devine and his employ at the NFL Network.