Less than eight hours after Prime Prep Academy appeared to fire co-founder Deion Sanders, the termination was retracted and the Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer said he'll have a larger role in the school's oversight.
Since Thursday, Sanders was a part of Prime Prep Academy, booted from the academy, accused of assault then reinstated at the academy with more oversight. On Friday night, he was back on the sidelines cheering on his team. Parents are just as confused as anybody.
"I think it's crap. Me seeing first hand, he is a great role model. I've been with the organization almost 3 years and I ain't never seen nothing out of hand, never," said Ashlee Walker who has a child attending Prime Prep.
"Let's not mess this up for the kids. It's all about the kids. It's the kids future we're worried about," said Gwendolyn Robinson who also has a child attending the academy.
On Friday morning Prime Prep's board chairman T. Christopher Lewis released a statement saying he supported the decision to end the relationship between Sanders and Prime Prep. The school's website said, "Effective immediately, Deion Sanders is no longer an employee or representative for Prime Prep Academy."
The separation came after the school's chief financial officer, Kevin Jefferson, flagged down a police officer to report Sanders pushed him during a faculty meeting on Wednesday.
According to a police report, Jefferson said "the suspect [Sanders] became angry about the topic and that the suspect [Sanders] made statements toward him and walked towards him."
Jefferson got up from his desk and Sanders "grabbed him by the collar and pushed him into the wall, hurting the right side of his back," the report states.
Several teachers told FOX 4 they wanted to talk about what happened but were threatened with termination.
"There was no fight. There was no fight going on. Of course, we had to get them apart, but there was no... it was a verbal altercation, misunderstanding in that meeting," one teacher said.
Sanders explained the incident to his followers on Twitter.
"The person claiming assault is a fake administrator whom does absolutely nothing to help the school, kids or teachers reach our goals. Truth," he said.
In another tweet he defended his actions.
"I won't sit and witness my Prime Prep kids receive 2nds when they deserve the best education! There was no assault, but a definite confrontation," he said.
Despite seemingly being fired for his actions, Sanders exchanged hugs in front of cameras and stood with Lewis and co-founder D.L Wallace on Friday afternoon.
"Trust me. I'm not terminated from Prime Prep Academy. There's a termination of the current agreement that was in place," he said.
"The news release is as it stands. We indicated in the release that we were ending our relationship with Mr. Sanders as it stood. So perhaps more clarification would have made it easier for the media to understand what's happening," Lewis said.
The trio said Sanders' role at the school has been expanded beyond just coaching football and serving as athletic director.
"The school can't be called Prime Prep Academy and I have no say so in regards to certain intricacies that work around the school," Sanders said.
Police are still investigating Jefferson's complaint and could charge Sanders with misdemeanor assault.
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