Deion Sanders wants reporters to put some respect on his name!
The Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback has gone by different names during his time on the field, but recently, he let it be known that he is to be addressed as Coach Sanders now that he is in his second year as a college football head coach.
Sanders wants to be treated with the same respect as Alabama coach, Nick Saban when it comes to how he is addressed by the media.
“You don’t call Nick Saban, ‘Nick.’ Don’t call me Deion,” said Coach Sanders in an interview with the Clarion-Ledger.
During a SWAC Media Day event at the Sheraton-Birmingham on Tuesday, the HBCU football coach let it be known that he is not to be called by his first name by reporters before he walked out of the event.
“If you call Nick [Saban], Nick, you’ll get cussed out on the spot,” he continued, “so don’t do that to me. Treat me like Nick.”
Currently, Coach Sanders is in his second season as the Jackson State football coach after he went 4-3 in his first year as a college coach.
After reports surfaced that Coach Sanders walked out after he was referred by his first name by a reporter for the second time during the event, he took to Twitter to say that he “never walked out of media day.”
The incident occurred following the on-camera portion of the event was over and at the end of media availability. According to Nick Suss, the reporter who called him by his first name two times in a row, he refers to everyone by their first name.
“When I interview people, I call them by their first name,” said Suss, “Whether it’s someone I’ve been working with for years or someone I’m talking to for the first time.”
According to the Clarion-Ledger, Suss is the organization’s Ole Miss writer and has covered Sanders during SWAC Media day before.
Sanders has gone by “Neon Deion” and “Prime Time” during his playing days. Today, he uses “Coach Prime” as his Twitter handle.
I guess it’s safe to say that we shall refer to him as either Coach Sanders or Coach Prime from here on out!