McKINNEY, Texas—The legal stakes have been raised in the ongoing divorce between Deion Sanders and his estranged wife with a new criminal charge against the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Police in Sanders’ hometown of Prosper, north of Dallas, have filed a new complaint with the Collin County District Attorney’s Office accusing Sanders of criminal mischief. The complaint only says that the charge results from the department’s ongoing investigation of a scuffle between Sanders and his estranged wife, Pilar Sanders, at their palatial Prosper home.
“We believe that Mr. Sanders destroyed a phone in an attempt to hide evidence,” said Pete Schulte, Pilar Sanders’ criminal attorney. “The police have at least taken the step to charge Mr. Sanders for breaking Deana Boswell’s phone.”
Boswell is a family friend who said she witnessed the fight between Deion and Pilar Sanders on April 23 and captured it on her mobile phone.
“I had my phone in my left hand,” Boswell recounted on "News 8 Daybreak" Wednesday morning. “And I was able to capture Deion striking Pilar in the head with a statue. Pilar was crouched down on the floor like this,” she said covering her head with her hands to demonstrate what she saw.
Pilar said that’s how her thumb got injured.
Boswell’s damaged phone is at a U.S. Secret Service lab where agents are trying to salvage the clip to see what it shows.
The former Dallas Cowboys star was already cited for assault in an altercation with his estranged wife 10 days ago at their Collin County estate.
The new charge against Sanders is a Class A misdemeanor, potentially requiring the former Dallas Cowboys star to be photographed and fingerprinted.
Appearing on ABC’s "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, Sanders insisted he never assaulted his wife.
“I pray to God they don’t allow [Pilar] back in the home,” Sanders said. “It’s not a safe environment for me as well as the kids. But I assure you one thing: She was never touched.”
WFAA's Cynthia Vega & Associated Press contributed to this report