Former Cowboy Deion Sanders may end up in handcuffs -- or at least a police
booking photo -- as his divorce battles continue against his estranged wife
Deion Sanders is now facing a criminal mischief charge for allegedly destroying evidence. His wife's attorney said Deion smashed a cell phone belonging to Pilar's friend Deana Boswell. The phone, now at a police lab, reportedly had damaging recorded evidence against Deion.
The football analyst already was cited for assault stemming from an altercation late last month in his Prosper home. Wife Pilar was arrested and booked in that altercation, charged with attacking her husband. A judge ordered her to stay out of the house for 60 days.
On Thursday morning Deion and Pilar appeared in a Collin County court for a hearing for protective orders both are seeking against each other. During the hearing it was clear each was trying to taint the other as unfit.
Deion's attorney Rick Robertson tried to paint Pilar as a bad mother. He claimed she has failed to take their children to school on time and has been physically abusive to them.
"His children are one of the main reasons he's here," Robertson said of his client. "His role of father exceeds the role of most fathers."
Meanwhile, Pilar's attorney Larry Friedman said the accusation that she attacked the Hall of Fame cornerback was a diversion because "he got caught with an 18-year-old girl… a 44-year-old man with three children, with an 18-year-old girl." Deion is driven by money and sex daily, he said.
Friedman also accused Deion of repeatedly calling Prosper police until they arrested his client and violating a gag order in the case by doing TV interviews and posting updates on Twitter.
"He can do anything he wants, anytime he wants to anybody he wants because he's ‘Prime Time,'" Friedman said, referring to Deion's nickname from his playing days.
Jeffery Shore, an attorney for the children, ages 12, 10 and 8, said they are struggling in school and need counseling.
"They live in a combat zone," Shore said.
In an interview with FOX 4's Shaun Rabb, Deion said it is terrible that they have to see their mother and father deal with such nonsense but it's not that detrimental.
"We love the babies and the babies come first. It's not that detrimental and they receive love from both ends. I assure you that," he said.
Of the accusations against him, Deion said "there's a lot of lying going on and I think you guys are seeing it."
Deion still could be arrested and booked based on the new cell phone-smashing charge. If he is found guilty, the Class A misdemeanor charge carries a punishment of a $4,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
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