Deion Sanders Says His Charter School's Co-Founder Is a "Snake" Who Can't Be Trusted

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Patrick Michels
Prime Prep co-founder D.L. Wallace speaking to prospective Prime Prep parents in 2012.
Deion Sanders has responded to allegations that he assaulted the chief financial officer of his charter school in what has become typical Prime Time fashion -- by maligning his adversary and stressing his heroic, unwavering commitment to children. That's the line he took when he accused his then-wife of assault. And that's how he's sought to deflect critics who say that Prime Prep Academy is either a professional athlete's noble but misguided vanity project or an out-and-out scam, with a heavy emphasis on the latter.

But how to explain the mounting evidence that the school is failing? Throw his business partner under the bus.

"D.L. Wallace is no good. He's a snake," Sanders told WFAA's Brett Shipp. "He ain't no good. All he is there for is money. I've got African American kids dropping out of school. I'm trying to keep them in school, get them through college. This dude is trying to get a check."

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He's right, of course. There's ample evidence that Wallace, a marketing guy with no experience in education, is more interested in making a profit than preparing kids for college.

But this isn't exactly news. We described some of his shady dealings in a 2012 cover story on Prime Prep, back when he was wooing parents with the "pitchman enthusiasm of Billy Mays hocking OxiClean."

Nor was Prime Prep Sanders and Wallace's first shady business venture. They were previously accused of scamming investors in a recruiting publication called PrimeTimePlayer Pages, claims they denied.

So, for Sanders to feign surprise that Wallace has turned out to be a snake-oil salesman is a tad bit disingenuous, not that that comes as much of a shocker either.


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Blackman2day
Blackman2day

Deion and D.L. Wallace scammed the Dept. of Education and the taxpayers of Texas.  Then D.L. scammed Deion.  Now Deion trying to scam us.  Face it Deion; you got played!  Your business partner and friend has now become your enemy.  By the way, this is the same guy you highly praised in your Hall of Fame speech.

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

The sad thing to come out of this is Deion not coaching. With him teaching his tackling technique, there is a 100% chance that none of those kids will get concussions.

harleykarmadad
harleykarmadad

I grew up in Texas so I am well aware that once you become a Dallas Cowboy you become sin-free for the rest of your life. 

They are always the ultimate victim.   I hope that no other Cowboy is injured.

killwhiteprivilege
killwhiteprivilege

TNB at Pimp Prep? No way, I'm so shocked and surprised and flabbergasted at this totally unexpected occurrence.

dmtrousd
dmtrousd

The sad thing is, the kids are being screwed in all of this. The kids and parents are being sold the dream that they're on a fast track to the NFL or NBA, and in the process they're getting a terrible education.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

He sounds like a typical Liberal yapping about evile conservatives.

He needs to hold up a child and lightly sob.

and lose the gold and diamonds.  

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

You know if Deion keeps up this pattern he's going to screw over the wrong people.

Los_Politico
Los_Politico

We all knew this. So is Deion stupid or does he just think we are?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

"The best things in life are free - and $19.95".  ---Billy Mays

2DollaHolla
2DollaHolla

as if d-grow aint a snake himself! lmao

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@dmtrousd If the parents are stupid enough to believe that Prime Prep is a fast track to professional sports, they deserve to get rooked.  There are about 1600 or so players on the active roster in any given NFL season.  Competing for these spots are every high school and college football player in the country (With the NBA you can include the rest of the world).  Neon Deion is not going to catapult anyone past all of that.

It does suck that the kids are getting shortchanged.

Blackman2day
Blackman2day

@holmantx Deion is no Liberal.  He worships and follows Glenn Beck.  Is Beck a typical Liberal now?  Your description of holding up a child and sobbing is directly from the Republican/Conservative playbook.

wcvemail
wcvemail

@holmantx Holman, I usually appreciate your commentary, but that single-string lib/con violin is twangingly out of place in this case. 

Greg820
Greg820

@Los_Politico  I honestly believe there are people out there that, on some subconcious level, really want to be ripped off.  And the Deon's and D.L's and Trumps out there are glad to help.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@Blackman2day @holmantx 

Anyone who holds up a kid as a prop to make money, get elected, elicit sympathy, block or blunt criticism, or otherwise get their way . . . is a jerk.

That better?

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