BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Jackson State coach Deion Sanders walked out of a Southwestern Athletic Conference media day event, which was an interview via Zoom, after a reporter twice called him by his first name.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback/return man and second-year head coach compared it to calling Alabama coach Nick Saban “Nick.”
“You don’t call Nick Saban, ‘Nick.’ Don’t call me Deion,” Sanders said Tuesday, according to the Jackson Clarion Ledger.
“If you call Nick, Nick, you’ll get cussed out on the spot, so don’t do that to me,” Sanders later said. “Treat me like Nick.”
Sanders walked out of the interview after being referred to by his first name a second time.
He later tweeted about the incident, showing video of what happened.
“This is how all of this started, I really Pray for all of us because this was something so minimal that was hilarious to me that you allowed a FOOLISH media outlet and person to play on your Preconceived notions. I’m all about Peace, Love, Work, Commitment, Sacrifice & Forgiveness,” he stated on Twitter.