Pilar Sanders blasts Prosper police, estranged husband

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Updated Friday, May 11 at 8:56 AM

PROSPER - For the first time since a judge's gag order has been lifted, Pilar Sanders is talking about her estranged husband, Deion Sanders, their contentious divorce, and the fight over custody of their children.

Mrs. Sanders said she respects the judge's decision to keep her away from the Sanders mansion in Prosper, even if she doesn't agree with it. She told us her focus is now on the custody battle for their children.

"I believe in family, very heavily," Sanders said.

With little emotion and still wearing a sling, she spoke about the protection order granted to her estranged husband, Deion.

She admitted there were no winners in this battle. She didn't expect to win, and she believes she knows why.

"When you live in Dallas, and you have a star on the side of your helmet, and you're wearing a gold jacket," she said. "[Y]ou have a load of people behind you, that no matter what you do, no matter what you say, you get covered for."

News 8 asked Prosper police about those accusations, but they didn't respond.

The altercation has played out in the media. Pilar even appeared on Good Morning America today to tell her story.

But she said that's not how she wanted it. She said Deion started it all.

"Who tweets about their children supposedly witnessing anything and trying to stand against a parent, just so you can get an edge on a divorce proceeding, just so you can get an edge on finances?" she said. "What man in the world does something like that?"

As for Deion, we went to his house for a reaction, but he wasn't home. The Sanders are due back in court May 15.


PROSPER POLICE STATEMENT:

"The Prosper Police Department has, and will continue to handle this matter with the same integrity and respect that all citizens and visitors of Prosper receive when interacting with Town of Prosper's Police Department.  The officers of the Prosper Police Department acted in accordance with appropriate police procedures in responding to a report of family violence regarding the incident that took place on April 23, 2012, and prior incidents at the Sanders’ residence. The Town of Prosper stands behind the excellent work of its Police Department."


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