Bomani Jones Responds to Deion Sanders’s Latest Comments
When Deion Sanders announced he would be leaving Jackson State to coach at Colorado, ESPN’s Bomani Jones offered criticism towards the coach saying that he “sold a dream and then walked out on the dream.”
Sanders fired back at the analyst’s comments when he was featured on Shannon Sharpe’s Club Shay Shay podcast this week. But what was the dream? Sanders stated that the dream was to achieve equality. “I had a dream that these kids would get the fame and make it to the NFL. We did that. We had a dream of better facilities. Unfortunately, we are underfunded and overlooked. I obviously established that.”
“The dream was that I believe,” Sanders continued. “I believed we could win. I believed we could graduate at a certain pace. I believed that we could raise these children to be young men and treat them well. Why did you stop dreaming. I don’t. The dream continues.”
While Sanders didn’t name Jones specifically, the ESPN analyst quote tweeted the article and noted what Sanders left out in his response.
“when deion points to the shortcomings of jackson state, he never speaks to anything institutional. Only hints at corruption and the inability of the school to reach his level. Jones said that you can make of this what you like.
Jones’s criticism is in large part sparked by Sanders’s rhetoric while at Jackson State, where he left after three seasons after previously saying he was “called by God” to coach at an HBCU program. Sanders stated repeatedly that he wanted to “change HBCU football’s perspective”. Although it was short-lived Sanders enjoyed a long and successful career at Jackson State.
Sanders leaves the school after posting a 27-5 record over his three seasons there. The team was undefeated in the regular season for only the second time in its history. Sanders was awarded the Coach of the Year and Southwestern Athletic Conference championships.
Coach Prime now heads to Colorado, a team that went 1-11 this season, and hasn’t won more than five games in a year since 2016.
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