School pride can run deep, but in the case of Deion Sanders, his diehard love of his alma mater is causing some major controversy. The former Florida State star and Pro Football Hall-of-Famer was accused of bias while coaching the 2018 Under Armour All-America Game, in which he barely played a star University of Florida signee.
According to Deadspin, elite quarterback prospect and future Florida Gator Emory Jones threw just three passes in the January 4 matchup, fewer than any of his teammates at the same position. Sanders, whose Team Highlight narrowly bested Team Spotlight 23-21, quickly took to Twitter to respond to criticism.
I dont even know who most of these kids are and to assume that i would punish a child because of his choice of school is a dumb. idiot https://t.co/xpX3hogmA3— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) January 5, 2018
To all my good Gator friends im sorry you're associated with the ignorance thats come on my timeline with profanity & nonsense from UF.— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) January 5, 2018
Please ask the kid whom your speaking of why he didnt play more or throw more. I don't even know who he is. I WAS THE HC not the OC.— Deion Sanders (@DeionSanders) January 5, 2018
In the last post, he told people to take up their issue with Jones, who appeared to subtweet Sanders after the game, while Florida recruits Jacob Copeland, who appeared in the All-America Game as well, and Derick "Rambo" Hunter, were decidedly less subtle with their messages to Sanders.
Lol— Emory Jones (@eXjones6) January 5, 2018
That dude fake as they come. Only if y’all knew the REAL him. He all smiles for the camera and Tv! 🙃✌🏾— Jacob Copeland 🐐 (@JCope1era) January 5, 2018
Man deion from my city no body out here respect that man dude FAKE— Rambo hunter. jr (@hunterderick31) January 5, 2018
Jones later retweeted a message from a Gators blog noting the disparity in pass attempts.
There are rumors that Sanders could be eyeing a spot on the Florida State coaching staff, and, if nothing else, it seems Primetime is certainly proving his loyalty.