Deion Sanders cited for spat with estranged wife

Associated Press Modified: April 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm •  Published: April 24, 2012
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PROSPER, Texas (AP) — Much like his playing days, Deion Sanders' tumultuous marriage has had no shortage of flash and drama: A reality television show, a divorce arrangement in which the couple still lived together and now, misdemeanor assault charges.

Police said late Tuesday that the former Dallas Cowboys star was cited for misdemeanor simple assault in the wake of an altercation with his estranged wife, Pilar, that got her arrested Monday at their mansion in the Dallas suburb of Prosper.

The Hall of Famer had tweeted Monday that she attacked him, and he even posted a photo of his children filling out police reports. He later removed the photo and posted a new message about joy.

Police said further investigation led to a charge also being filed against the football star, though it didn't warrant his arrest. Prosper police spokesman Celso Martinez wouldn't detail the allegations, but said the charge covers any act considered aggressive and could be as simple as touching or defensively jerking away from someone's grip. It carries a fine of up to $500.

A message left with Deion Sanders' attorney by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned.

A day after Pilar was arrested, Deion had removed the tweeted photo. He also tweeted a different message: "Joy came this morning and we opened the door and let Joy in."

Pilar Sanders, who was charged with misdemeanor assault and held overnight in county jail, was released Tuesday. Standing outside Collin County Jail, she said she was being treated unfairly.

"I'm a full-time mom, 100 percent for my children," she said, her voice breaking. "And I just haven't been given a fair shake."

Her husband, known as "Prime Time" during his Hall of Fame playing career, is an icon in the Dallas area for spending five seasons as a cornerback with the Cowboys.

Deion and Pilar Sanders have been living in the same home in Prosper, months after Deion filed for divorce in December. Deion's attorney, Rick Robertson, has said both had separate living areas within the large home.



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