Deion Sanders appeared on NFL Network today to talk about his involvement with now-suspended Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant and his possible role in tampering with now-49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. Sanders was in rehearsed, hyper-defensive mode, which made for a plethora of unintentionally hilarious moments.
(Watch entire interview here)
NFL Network interviewer Jason La Canfora to Sanders: He’s (Bryant) ineligible because he lied (to the NCAA) about what when on in your house.”
Sanders: “(interrupts) No, no, he’s not ineligible because of what went on in my house, he’s ineligible because he lied.”
Sanders was sure to mention that Oklahoma State approached him about “mentoring” Bryant: “When I first started mentoring Dez, the first thing I did was call his receivers coach. His receivers coach told me everything about Dez. … So we have an ongoing relationship.”
Now, if Sanders is so close with Bryant’s position coach, why doesn’t he name that coach? Maybe, perhaps because that coach, the much-traveled and since-departed Trooper Taylor, wasn’t exactly on head coach’s Mike Gundy’s Christmas card list when he left? (That’s what sources have told SbB.)
Sanders: “Now the problem was, someone, um, they wanted to question Dez about our relationship, and Dez was nervous about — Why these NCAA people have me in this room with a closed door, questioning me? Now, had I been liar, or falsified any incident or evidence, my story would have collaborated with Dez. We talked three times a week and they didn’t, because I don’t lie, and the kid said he didn’t come to my home, and in actuality, he did.”
La Canfora: “In terms of your dealings with him though, the fact that Dez lied, does that go against what you told him? (Deion: ‘Yes”) And did you have a chance to intervene before he spoke to the NCAA and say hey man (Deion: ‘No) you have to tell the whole truth?”
Sanders: “I don’t have to prepare a person to tell the whole truth. The truth is what it is, so the fact that he got nervous and falsified the truth, he had thought he had done something wrong. When there’s somebody there, ‘Were you at the house of Deion Sanders? Were you there were you there?’ The kid got nervous, and I don’t know why he falsified the truth, but I must … if I was a liar, my story would have collaborated with his. Just think about that.”
Collaborated or corraborated?
And now the surest way to spot a liar: find the guy who says he never lies.
La Canfora: And any of the kids you mentored, have you ever had anything where you purchased anything for them?
Sanders: Never. Why would I? … This is who I am. The problem is, people get so caught up in what I do, they forget about who I am. And they really don’t know who I am.
Why would he? That response is almost as funny as what Sanders said about Crabtree’s recent
financial beatdown negotiation with the 49ers: “He’s not in dire need of money at this time.”
But wait, here’s what Sanders said today about Bryant:
He have a 3-year span to play this game. I’m emotional about the life of these kids; that’s what I’m concerned about.
Not in dire need of money? But what about NFL players only having a “have a 3-year span to play this game”?
Now for the highlight of the interview, where Sanders claims the 49ers were negotiating against themselves by telling Eugene Parker just how valuable Crabtree was:
“Eugene Parker told me … that the San Francisco 49ers told him there were two teams interested in trading for Crabtree but guess what, we’re not going to trade him.”
“If a team is willing to trade for you, then common sense, they know what you want. So they’re not going to trade for you understanding that you’re going to hold out. … That’s why I said if a trade is going to trade for him, they’re going pay him. That’s common sense.”
If you’re the 49ers, why on earth would you provide Parker with that information? That only strengthens the agent’s bargaining position - and liklihood he’ll continue to hold his client out unitl he gets the number he’s looking for. (Enter Hammer!)
Finally, some classic, paranoid hater rhetoric from Sanders:
On why the NCAA and NFL are poking around Eugene Parker’s business practices “People are upset at his success. But I’m elated about it.”
That’s right, everyone is sitting around “upset” at Parker’s success.
I think it’s safe to assume that Sanders’ interview today did nothing to help his case with the NCAA and NFL. And some of his comments may in fact ramp up the investigations involving him.
Fire up the batmobiles! Next stop: DFW!