Deion Sanders, Jackson State offer statements regarding the coach's locker being raided
If you missed it over the weekend, Deion Sanders made his college coaching debut as his Jackson State program beat NAIA program Edward Waters College 53-0 to begin the season 1-0.
Jackson State is playing in the spring after FCS football made the decision to push their seasons from the fall due to COVID.
However, while the story from Jackson should have been about the Tigers’ big win to open the Sanders era, the story quickly shifted to what transpired in the Jackson State locker room during the game.
Following his team’s win, Sanders opened his press conference by claiming everything he had was stolen from his locker in the coaches’ office. Credit card, wallet, watches and his cell phone were items he listed that were missing.
Check it out below.
A sad, bizarre and unfortunate situation. After his first win as Jackson State's head football coach Deion Sanders reveals that his personal items were stolen during the game. pic.twitter.com/S0CyJMN1VW
— Joe Cook (@JoeCookSports) February 21, 2021
Following that bizarre press conference, Sanders’ items were all recovered.
According to Sanders, who issued a response at 6:30 p.m., one of his assistants caught the thief stealing the items. It’s unclear how that’s possible considering Sanders claims in the video above that he didn’t have the items after the game.
“Naw it was stolen but they got it back. It was stolen out my personal bag in my office and My assistant caught the gentleman in the process of stealing it but she was alone. No Miscommunication my man at all,” Sanders claims.
Two hours after Sanders made his claims — at 8:30 p.m., Jackson State issued a statement claiming nothing was stolen from the coach during the game.
Here is the statement issued from Jackson State Vice President and Director of Athletics, Ashley Robinson:
“Immediately following our win today, several items belonging to Coach Prime were taken from the locker room. Those items were quickly recovered and returned. While we consider this an isolated incident, we are thoroughly reviewing security protocols to ensure this does not happen again. However, we refuse to let this dampen the victory for our JST Tigers, who have worked hard for this moment. We want them to enjoy this time, as we look forward to more game-winning celebrations in the future.”
Jackson State clearly wanted to make a splash by hiring Sanders and receive a boost in attention. They got just that following the first game of the Coach Prime era.