Deion Sanders: Accused. Fired. Rehired. What's next?

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by BRETT SHIPP

WFAA

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 12 at 8:40 AM

A source close to Deion Sanders reports the Pro Football Hall of Famer will be rehired at Prime Prep Academy hours after the chairman of the board announced that the charter school had severed ties with him.

Deion Sanders was fired late Thursday by his business partner and co-founder of Prime Prep Academy, D.L. Wallace.

"Effective immediately, Deion Sanders is no longer an employee or representative for Prime Prep Academy," a statement posted on the Prime Prep Academy website said.

The firing was supported in a statement issued Friday morning by the Prime Prep Chairman of the Board of Trustees, T. Christopher Lewis, and in another statement attributed to Superintendent Rachel M. King-Sanders. 

Sanders’ dismissal from Prime Prep Academy came after the former Dallas Cowboys superstar  allegedly assaulted an administrator at the Prime Prep Dallas campus on Wednesday. Sanders has denied the allegations.

Before he was fired, Sanders also told News 8 that he is frustrated with poor academic performance at the school and blamed his business partner and school co-founder Wallace.

"D.L. Wallace is no good," Sanders said. "He's a snake. He ain’t no good. All he is there for is money."

By mid-morning Friday, it appeared “Prime Time” was suddenly no longer the face of Prime Prep.

So how could he be fired from his own school?

According to Texas Education Agency officials, it's not really his school.

His name is nowhere on the charter application or organizational documents. What is there are the signatures of the man who fired him and a co-worker -- D.L. Wallace and Chazma Jones.

Sanders’ termination created numerous questions about the future of the charter school, which is now in its second year.

There was a homecoming football game scheduled for Friday night, which Sanders would have coached. The source, who asked not to be identified, said Sanders would be on the sideline coaching his 3-1 Prime Prep Spartans Friday evening.

By mid-Friday afternoon, Sanders had convinced Wallace to end the confusion and the war of words, and take him back.

Sanders tweeted photos Friday afternoon from a pep rally at the school. There has been no mention of the alleged assault, the poor academics, or the “snake."

The original story is posted below. 

Original report: 

Deion Sanders, co-founder of the Forth Worth-based charter school Prime Prep Academy, has been removed from his role as head football coach and part-time school operator. The announcement was posted on the Prime Prep Academy website overnight. 

"Effective immediately, Deion Sanders is no longer an employee or representative for Prime Prep Academy," reads the statement, attributed to Superintendent Rachel M. King-Sanders. "Prime Prep is committed to continually improving as an educational institution and it will continue to strive for excellence in every aspect."

The announcement comes following an incident Wednesday in which Sanders was accused of assaulting an employee at the Dallas high school campus of Prime Prep Academy.

The employee, Kevin Jefferson, an administrator over finance, told Dallas Police Sanders attacked him, grabbed him by the collar and shoved him up against a wall. Jefferson filed a formal complaint against Sanders. Sanders admits confronting Jefferson but denies injuring him.

Sanders later told News 8 he was upset over the mismanagement of the school. 

"Mr. Jefferson and I got into a confrontation about the welfare of these kids. And we'll get into another one. Until you start taking care of these kids, I'm going to be on a rampage," said Sanders.

Sanders has yet to comment on being relieved of all responsibilities at his own charter school. In a subsequent release, board chairman T. Christopher Lewis says he supports the decision to "end the relationship between Prime Prep Academy and Mr. Deion Sanders." 

"It is commonly known that Mr. Sanders is a co-founder and has served as an ambassador and employee of the school since its establishment. His positive contribution is appreciated and regarded as a laudable example. The school family wishes Mr. Sanders much success in his future endeavors," reads his statement

Texas Education Agency officials say a school superintendent has the authority to hire and fire employees.

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