Deion Sanders Cited in Domestic Dispute

Apr 25, 2012 9:40am

Former NFL star Deion Sanders was cited for misdemeanor simple assault late Tuesday, one day after an altercation with his estranged wife, Pilar, who was arrested for misdemeanor family violence.

Police in Prosper, Texas, where the couple live, said further investigation of the domestic violence claims led to a charge also being filed against the football star.  The charge, which did not lead to Sanders’ arrest, covers any act considered aggressive and carries a fine of up to $500, Prosper police spokesman Celso Martinez told the Associated Press.

Sanders’ citation is the latest chapter in a “War of Roses” divorce drama that neither side has been afraid to make public.

On Monday the Hall of Famer tweeted that his estranged wife attacked him in front of their kids.

“Pray for me and my kids now! They just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room. She’s going to jail n I’m pressing charges!,” he wrote.  He also posted a photo of himself with two of his sons, ages 10 and 12, filling out police reports.  He later removed the photos from the site.

Pilar was charged with misdemeanor assault and held overnight in the Collin County Jail with bond set at $264.  She was released Tuesday and ordered to stay away from their home for 60 days. The judge also barred her from threatening or harassing her husband, according to the Associated Press.

“I understand that I have very little chance at beating a Hall of Fame, two-sport man that everyone seems to love and adore,” she said to reporters outside the jail after her release.  “I’m a full-time mom, 100 percent for my children.  And I just haven’t been given a fair shake.”

Sanders filed for divorce from Pilar in December after 13 years of marriage but the couple has continued to live together in their 10-bedroom, 29,000-square-foot home in Prosper with their three children.  Sanders’ attorney, Rick Robertson, has said the couple live in separate areas within the home.

Sanders, nicknamed “Primetime,” became an icon in the Dallas area during his five seasons as a cornerback with the Cowboys.  He now works as an analyst for the NFL Network.  The couple starred in a 2008 reality show, “Deion & Pilar Prime Time Love,” that aired on the Oxygen network.

While it is not clear what happened exactly on Monday night, Deion insists via Twitter that he did not fight back:  ”Strength is not only based on what u can lift,push,pull,press,carry,hold or squat. Its also measured by WHAT U CAN WALK AWAY FROM! Truth.”

Sanders also spoke out to Dallas television station KXAS after his wife’s arrest.

“Is somebody going have to die?” he said.  “Is it going to be me before the court does something and gets this woman out of my house?  It’s absurd.”

Pilar has accused Sanders of cheating on her with entertainment producer Tracey Edmonds.

In February, she filed a suit against her husband and his aunt, Laura Jones, in which she claimed the aunt attacked her in their home while Sanders watched.

She has also filed a $200 million defamation lawsuit against her husband and his daughter, Deiondra, for calling her a “gold diggin’ h*e” on Twitter.  Deion defends himself against those allegations by insisting that he wasn’t lying and that his statement shouldn’t be considered libel if there was any truth to his words.

ABC News’ Michael Ono and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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