Deion Sanders Recruiting Scandal Is Hypocrisy

The mainstream sports media has been dogging NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders for two weeks, ever since he called a white TV reporter named Brett Shipp an "African-American killer" during a November 14 radio interview. Shipp has been obsessively covering allegations that the former All-Pro defensive back illegally recruited kids to play for Prime Prep, his private charter school in Dallas.

Immediately, Shipp's peers accused Deion of making it about his skin color. For instance, Yahoo! Sports high school athletics columnist Cameron Smith wrote, "Deion Sanders officially lost it. His response was to play the race card."

No, he hasn't. Sanders is absolutely right. Before his school even opened its doors, Prime Prep has been receiving an unfair amount of scrutiny just because of his involvement. The negative press has destroyed Prime Prep's athletic program before it even got off the ground.

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In August, a Dallas school district committee disqualified Prime Prep from all athletics this year. Earlier this month, three basketball players were declared ineligible because they transferred from Grace Prep, an Arlington school with a top basketball program. The trio was accused of transferring for "athletic reasons."

Meanwhile, there are no exposés on the hundreds of private schools in football-rich states like Texas and Florida that illegally recruit student athletes. High schools such as St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Belen Jesuit in West Miami-Dade, and Christopher Columbus in Westchester are always recruiting inner-city kids.

Private schools have the luxury of promising parents the "best education" possible for Little Johnny Football. That's how parents fall into their trap. A prime example is Michael Irvin, another Hall of Famer, who was a star at the University of Miami. Irvin was attending Piper High in Sunrise when St. Thomas recruited him. Despite having 17 brothers and sisters, Irvin was the only one offered an academic scholarship.

But when a controversial black celebrity wants to offer children a better education, he can't be trusted. Suddenly, reporters can't wait to expose him for doing what private schools fielding nationally competitive athletic programs do every day. Deion is being lynched before the starting whistle.

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Luke, you always want to make everything about race. Prime Prep is a charter school that is paid for by tax dollars and therefore cannot bring in kids because of athletics. Belen, Columbus and St. Thomas are all private schools which are not paid with tax dollars and they can bring in anyone they want. These schools will not allow kids with failing grades to stay in these schools if their grades are not satisfactory or their behavior is bad.

I would think you would want the best for the inner city kids and if a child has the athletic ability and gets a scholarship to one of these schools they would get a much better education that at any public school around and they would have doors opened to them in the future for scholarships at any university they would want even if they got injured and could no longer play a sport. Please stop making everything about race because the more you use the race card the longer people will continue to think of Luke as another ignorant fool.


Luther, do you just make this stuff up without thinking or researching? The athletic issues at Prime Prep, while suspect,  are a small issue Deon is having with the 'school'.

I suggest you read the article 'Prime Time Prop' from the May 3, 2012 issue of The Dallas Observer (one of the sister papers to The Miami New Times).  

And the exposure of the recruiting wasn't racially motivated, it was exposed bucause it violated state rules governing high school athletics.  

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