Last March, Jean-Jacques Taylor of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS wrote a nice piece about how Deion Sanders was establishing eight teams in a Dallas youth football league in an attempt to, “turn city-owned Wheatland Park into a thriving youth football complex.”
(Sanders allegedly collecting payoff from youth league game)
The above photo was taken on Sept. 5., 2009, at a Dallas Select League football game between Sanders-coached “Truth Prime” and the Rockwall (TX) Jackets. Truth Prime included Sanders’ son, with the players aged seven and eight. According to Sanders’ personal website, the game was played at Pennington Field in Bedford, TX.
(Scene from the game)
I’ve heard three different accounts on what the above photo was about. All three sources alleged that Sanders was collecting $100 from a bet he made on the game. (Truth Prime won 26-19.)
Here is another angle of Sanders in the same situation:
While my sources claim a $100 bet took place, other details of the situation aren’t as clear so I’m not going to speculate. I do have an email in to Sanders agent Eugene Parker about the incident.
Normally, the alleged situation involving two competitive, grown men isn’t worth noting. But if true, in the context of what Sanders is trying to achieve with the Dallas youth football program, it wasn’t an advisable idea.