It all began over the weekend when a report was released saying that the ex-cornerback was filing for divorce from his wife of 11 years, Pilar Sanders. Sanders allegedly decided to divorce his wife because he felt she was becoming too famous and was more focused on her career in the entertainment career, rather than their marriage.
“Enough is enough. I never signed up for all this. Enough is enough. If I wanted a model or a television star I would have married one a long time ago. All I wanted was a housewife, said Deion”
The website Hello Beautiful reached out to Pilar for a comment regarding her divorce from Deion and she said, “It’s unfortunate that my husband decided to take this course of action…I’m surprised and hurt… As I said to my children, we must take a minute, breath and Trust God.”
In 2008 Deion and Pilar launched a reality show on Oxygen called Prime Time Love. The series centered on the former professional athlete living with his wife Pilar and their five in the small town of Prosper, Texas.
Pilar later landed another reality show on VH1 with Football Wives. The series showcased the wives and girlfriends of professional football players, and lasted for one season until being canceled in 2010.
This year Pilar lended her acting talents to VH1’s Single Ladies when she appeared on the show as Jennifer, the wife of the Atlanta Mayor played by the rapper Common.
If the reports are true that Sanders has filed for divorce from Pilar, there is irony in Sanders claim that his wife is starved for media attention, as Sanders has long been known for his showboating personality.
Sanders carried the nickname “Prime Time” with him throughout his days in the NFL. The name embodied his goal to be a wealthy, famous and admired prime time player of the game.
Since making his debut in the NFL in the 1980’s, Sanders has made numerous media appearances. In 1995 he was the host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live. He has also appeared in countless television commercials including endorsements for products like Nike, Pepsi, Burger King, Pizza Hut and American Express.
In 1994 the NFL star released Prime Time, a rap album, which featured the small hit “Must Be The Money.”
Sanders is currently is featured on the NFL Network as football analyst. He can also be seen in a DirectTV commercial as a guy who sprouts wings in an effort to promote NFL’s Sunday Ticket.
In an effort to silence the rumors of his divorce, Sanders took to Twitter yesterday to release a statement:
“Ladies and gentlemen I never address IGNORANCE but I must at this point. I’ve never filed 4 divorce and hadn’t made a statement to ANY media… When we start viewing, relying and believing gossip sites for information it says alot about oneself! God bless u all, Live, Love and Laugh!”