Former NFL star Deion Sanders co-founded the Prime Prep Academy, but he now has nothing longer to do with the charter school. Yahoo Sports reported on Oct. 11, 2013, that Sanders allegedly assaulted an employee at the school, choking and slamming him.
39-year-old Kevin Jefferson told the Dallas News that he, as the CFO of the school, had a confrontation with Sanders on Wednesday during a meeting. Other administrators and teachers were present at the meeting that saw Jefferson accuse Sanders of getting visually upset with some students for doing poor academically.
It was then that a loud verbal disagreement began between Deion Sanders and Jefferson.
“He walked back to the back of the classroom to where I was sitting in a desk,” Jefferson told DallasNews.com. “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.”
Sanders went on Twitter and said he wants only the best education for the kids at Prime Prep and that there was "NO assault but a definite confrontation."
Deion Sanders also said in a phone interview that Mr. Jefferson was not beat down. He was not beat up. he was not hit. He was none of that."
Jefferson did go to the hospital to check on any injuries he may have sustained and is also discussing his next steps with his attorney.
Prime Prep Academy did release a statement regarding the breaking of Deion Sanders' association with the school.
"Effective immediately, Deion Sanders is no longer an employee or representative for Prime Prep Academy," said superintendent Rachel M. King-Sanders in a press release, via the Dallas Morning News. "Prime Prep is committed to continually improving as an educational institution and it will continue to strive for excellence in every aspect."