Earlier it was reported that NFL legend Deion Sanders was granted full custody of his 3 children with personal trainer Pilar Sanders. Deion Sanders and his attorney, Rick Robertson, called Sandrarose.com exclusively to clear the air on the exact terms of the custody order.
Deion and his estranged wife have been embroiled in a bitter custody battle for their 3 children, Shelomi, 9, Shedeur, 11, and Shilo, 13.
Deion, who called Pilar’s agenda “a paper chase,” said Pilar was only concerned with their community property (his mansion) and getting their marriage annulled.
“Who gets their marriage annulled after 14 years,” he said.
“The pre-nup is what it is,” said Deion. “Unfortunately, our pre-nup is a million dollars, and she ran up $1.4 million in attorney’s fees. You can do the math.”
“[She] wanted a jury trial because the judge had already ruled on all of this,” he said. “The jury consisted of 9 women.”
“It’s been a year and a half and I’m tired of it!” he said, referring to the child custody battle. “Leave us alone. Go away! Move on with your life!”
“I’ve always had custody of the children,” he added. “My kids are happy. This is the life they know. My kids know being with me all the time. This is why I was awarded [custody],” he said.
“This ain’t no game, babe, I’m totally serious about my children,” he said before putting his attorney on the phone.
Mr. Robertson explained that a jury of 9 women “Answered a couple of questions” regarding the custody of the children. “We did not ask for the jury trial, they did,” he said, meaning Pilar’s attorney. “The terms are very misunderstood.”
“Texas is one of only 2 states that even allow juries to answer questions on any aspects of family law cases,” said Robertson.
“Deion was given sole (primary) managing conservatorship of the boys, and that means he makes all decisions. And he was given exclusive right to determine Shelomi’s residence. The judge issued a ruling on Monday of this week that said that all 3 kids live with Deion because Deion has primary custody of all 3 of them,” said Robertson.
He added: “And the judge also set out what Pilar’s visitation rights are.”
Sanders said Pilar is the one who wanted the media involved in the case. He was clear that he didn’t want the media involved because the children are old enough to read the blogs.
“Every comment or quote you see [in the media] is going to be from their side; slandering us; trying to publicly humiliate us because that was their strategy, that we be humiliated and settle out of court,” said Sanders.
Deion said he didn’t want to say anything negative about Pilar. His attorney added: “We don’t want to start [saying anything negative] now.”
“Deion has felt very, very strongly that he wants to protect his children from unnecessary media attention,” said Robertson. He doesn’t want them or their friends reading on the Internet that he said anything negative about their mom because it’s not healthy for them psychologically.”
“A lot of the things she alleged I did is really what she did,” said Deion, referring to Pilar’s allegations of abuse.
Deion also denied Pilar’s accusations that his current girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, disrupted their marriage.
“I met Tracey well after I even filed for divorce,” he said. “I hate for her to try and throw Tracey… Tracey is a wonderful woman and a very good person. She has a brand and her name is good. Tracey was never a mistress,” he said adamantly.
“A lot of people don’t realize I’m the one who filed for divorce,” said Deion. “She knows why. She’s got to live with it… Everybody in the city knows why… A man just doesn’t wake up, all of a sudden, and say ‘I want a divorce’.”
“I took care of business 14 years ago before we walked down the aisle,” he said referring to the iron-clad pre-nup.
“The truth of the matter is, when you have to take care of business before you walk down the aisle, you know something will go down eventually. That’s the truth of the matter. And then when a person asks for $100,000 before you get married, you gotta know what time it is. But you stupid enough, young and dumb and do it anyway.
“But I have 3 wonderful children,” he said. “The only thing left is the actual divorce itself,” he continued. “If I’m such a horrific and horrible guy, please relinquish my name,” he said. “Release my name.”
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