State regulators have revoked the charter of Prime Prep Academy, Deion Sanders' troubled DFW charter school, over problems with its school-lunch program. Barring a successful hail mary from the school, Sanders' days as a wannabe public educator are over, and it was byzantine federal grant rules that did him in.
|This photograph was taken the first time we met Deion Sanders, when he randomly sent some friends to the Dallas Observer office and invited us to campus.|
But over the two years that Prime Prep Academy has existed, it's Sanders' temper and penchant for throat-grabbing that have given the school perhaps its blackest eyes: Three different school officials, including Sanders' co-founder, have accused the NFL great of choking them.
Sanders has denied choking one of them, CFO Kevin Jefferson, and ignored the other allegations. When I confronted him about them at a school meeting last year, he said only "God bless you." But in an audio recording obtained by the Observer (and embedded below), Sanders can be heard admitting that he choked one of the other men who has accused Sanders of assault. More »