Deion Sanders: “The thing that alarms me the most is just because I’m leaving Jackson they think that I’m leaving African-Americans. I don’t know if you noticed or not but I’m Black. I can never leave who I am, or what I am, or how I go about being that. It is still my task to look in that locker room and see 65-70% of African-American men trying to help them get to the next level, as well as all the others. My calling is for young men, young women, and people of all walks of life, social climates, and all ethnicities. That’s my calling. My calling is not built on a location, it’s built on a destination. Now that was good! You’re supposed to clap for that! We just started and you’re already getting my good stuff!”
Jason Whitlock: “That’s Deion Sanders. He tells people to clap, they clap, they follow every word that comes out of his mouth. ‘I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT I’M BLACK BUT I’M NOT LEAVING BLACK PEOPLE!’ Look man, Jackson State’s campus is like 98% Black. Colorado’s campus is about 2% Black. You DID leave Black people. I don’t think this is going to go well, I don’t think it’s going to go well at all. I really believe this is going to set Black coaches back quite a bit. Deion and the lack of values that he’s showing, and particularly Black coaches who were former players that all want to get jobs -- from his press conference, to his meeting with the players; if I’m someone with a brain I’m going ‘this is why I don’t hire former great players.' They have no idea the difference between coaching and playing. It’s great what he did at Jackson State, recruited a bunch of talent and they won some games, but that’s just not going to fly at this next level. I just don’t see this working. My disappointment in him leaving is I felt there was a great opportunity to take Jackson State, SWAC, and HBCU football to a whole new level and I feel like Deion could have been at the forefront of that. He should have inspired, demanded, and talked Black celebrities into pouring money into those universities, particularly Jackson State, and just taking that thing to a whole new level. Second level of disappoint is: It’s Colorado. It’s not Florida State, it’s not some SEC team, it’s the worst team in the Pac-12. They went 1-11 last year and it’s virtually been a graveyard for every coach after Bill McCartney. Maybe I’ll be wrong and he doesn’t fail, but everything in my soul tells me it’s not going to work the way he’s going. If he left for something better than Colorado I would have less of a problem for it… I’m tired of everybody putting on their Black Lives Matter flags, everybody talking about how pro-Black they are, Deion at his press conference talking about ‘I haven’t left Black people…’ Deion had a chance to do something for ALL the students at Jackson State, not just the kids on the football team. I’m tired of Black people, particularly the celebrities and the elites, talking about pro-Black, and I’m about Black this, and we need ‘Black Wall Street’, and blah, blah, blah – we don’t have the discipline to build our own. We don’t have the commitment to build our own. The first sniff we get outside of our own, we run to it. We love to go beg, we don’t like to build.” (Full Segment Above)
Watch Jason Whitlock of ‘Fearless’ explain why he thinks Deion Sanders will fail at Colorado and set back the future of Black head coaches in the process.
Check out the segment above as Whitlock mocks Deion’s introductory press conference and rips him for going to arguably the worst Power 5 program in the NCAA.
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