A dream college football coaching debut for Deion Sanders quickly turned into a nightmare when he returned to the locker room after the game.
“I’m pissed off right now,” Sanders told reporters after leading Jackson State to a 53-0 victory over Edward Waters on Sunday. “While the game was going on, someone came in and stole everything I had in [the coach’s office]. “
The professional American Football Hall of Famer and former Yankees outfielder listed what he had missed: his cell phone, wallet, credit cards and watches.
“How?” the 53-year-old man screamed in disbelief.
Moments after the press conference, university officials told Sports Illustrated that Sanders’ items were “lost” after being moved for “safe keeping” and that they had been returned.
Case closed? Not quite.
“Whoever lies that my belongings weren’t stolen, LIES,” Sanders tweeted. “They took my belongings out of a zippered bag in my office and they also took more items out of my office. We have recovered them since it was reported. My staff member witnessed the crime. #True”
Later, he tweeted, “A staff member got into the robbery in progress, but couldn’t fight a guy.”
Following Sanders’ tweets, a spokeswoman for the Jackson State Sports Department said it considered “this an isolated incident” but would review security protocols.
“However, we refuse to allow this to cloud the victory of our JSU Tigers,” said Ashley Robinson, vice president and director of athletics.
Sanders, whose net worth is reportedly $ 40 million, was named the historically black college coach in September.
As a member of the Southwest Athletic Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Jackson State had a portion of its season moved to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.