"Deion tried suicide with Reds", reads the headline from AP back in the day. In Deion Sanders own words in a interview back on Monday, September 28, 1998 with The Associated Press, the ex NFL baller comes clean on trying to kill himself.
With all the back and forth, dirty little games that have played throughout the Sanders divorce, one would have to evaluate Deion's state of mind.
According to sources close to the couple, Deion has always has been emotionally damaged, with some questioning his current mental health.
"Deion has always been off, he's like a light switch...on bright and glowing one minute, then completely off and dark the next", sources say.
"He used to lock all the food and toilet paper in the master bedroom, leaving the kids to have to sit and wait until he unlocked the door", according to one family friend.
While the judge currently deliberates as to which parent will have temporary custody of the Sanders children, one can only wonder if this will be a issue in his deciding verdict.
(Below is a copy of the original article)
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders described how he attempted suicide last year when his marriage was crumbling, his father was dying and everything seemed to be falling apart.
"You're on the run, trying to reach out and hold on to something desperate," Sanders said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS' NFL Today.
"The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy. And he was trying to murder me, and I was about to let him do so. And there came that fatal attempt."
Sanders said he tried to kill himself about a year ago by driving his car off a cliff when he was playing baseball for the Reds.
"I attempted suicide, but God had his hands on me," Sanders said. "I ran the car off the cliff, and it was like a 40 . . . 30-foot drop. The car went down and hit and there wasn't a scratch on me or on the car."
Sanders estimated he was driving "about 65 or 70 mph" at the time.
He said he turned his life around after the crash and now loves the Lord with all his heart.
"You try to fulfill your time and your needs," he said. "I was just empty. I tried cars, jewelry, clothes, women, money. . . . Everything, nothing could fulfill me.
"I know who I am, what I am, where I'm going and how to get there."