Deion Sanders made his debut as the Jackson State football coach in a big way.
The Tigers steamrolled Edward Waters, 53-0, in the FCS spring season opener to start Coach Prime’s tenure on a positive note, but things quickly turned sour when the team returned to the locker room.
According to reports, Sanders had his personal belongings stolen during the game and returned to find his wallet and cell phone missing.
“How do you think it feels, coming back, teary-eyed – the guys just presented me with the game ball, one of the best moments that I’ve ever had in my career – and you notice you don’t have a phone to call your momma, your girl, your kids, because it’s been stolen,” Sanders told reporters.
Shortly after the news was reported, a report from local news reporter Noah Newman claimed Sanders’ items were “misplaced” and later located in his office.
Sanders fired back on social media saying that simply isn’t true.
While his items were eventually recovered after the game, Sanders says a staff member walked in on a man stealing his belongings from a ziplock bag that was in his office.
“Whomever putting out the lie that my belongings wasn’t stolen is LYING,” he wrote on Twitter. “My belongings were taken out of a zipped bag in my office and more items were taken as well from my office. We have retrieved them since being reported. My Staff member witnessed the crime.
“Lies. It was stolen because a staff member walked in on the theft being committed but she couldn’t fight a dude off.”
Whomever putting out the lie that my belongings wasn’t stolen is LYING. My belongings were taken out of a zipped bag in my office and more items were taken as well from my office. We have retrieved them since being reported. My Staff member witnessed the crime. #Truth
— COACH PRIME (@DeionSanders) February 22, 2021
The good news is that Sanders’ belongings were found and his squad is 1-0 on the season. Up next for the Tigers is a trip to Grambling State on Saturday, March 6.