Hall of Fame CB Deion Sanders used to mentor Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, but in recent months, that relationship has changed and they no longer work together.
So, perhaps it shouldn’t have been a surprise when Sanders criticized Bryant (he of the alleged droopy pants , though some of that theory has been debunked by now) on ESPN 103.3, saying Bryant had been ignorant and that he wasn’t surprised by the incident at NorthPark Center mall.
Since the story came out – Bryant apparently was sagging his pants at the mall and was asked to lift them, and after he refused, two off-duty cops escorted him out of the mall and told him he was banned from returning for the next three months and he cursed at them – Bryant has told his side of the story.
Bryant told ESPN Dallas that he was guilty of using profanity, but that was it.
After hearing Sander’s comments, Bryant told ESPN Dallas, “I wish Deion would come to me as a man and talk to me. I've been reaching out to Deion. I've never done anything wrong to Deion or disrespected him. I've never lied to Deion."
Sanders said he stopped working with Bryant, because Bryant was dishonest. Bryant refutes that as well:
Meanwhile, Bryant said Sanders has refused to talk to him since he backed out of his marketing deal with Under Armour, a popular shoe and apparel company that also outfits Sanders' youth athletic programs. The deal fell apart, according to Bryant, because he determined during last year's minicamps that the company's cleats weren't the right fit for his feet.
Bryant, who wears Nike cleats but does not have a shoe deal, said Sanders has ignored repeated text messages from him since then.
"I never knew the reason for Deion not saying anything to me," Bryant said. "The only thing I can believe is that when I stopped talking to Under Armour, Deion stopped talking to me. I never knew what Prime's problem was.
"That's my decision. That has nothing to do with Prime. That made me feel he must be getting something from Under Armour."
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