As previously reported, the couple went to court Monday to address an April 24 altercation. The former NFL star famously tweeted a photo of himself and his kids filling out police reports last month, after Pilar allegedly attacked him in front of their children. Pilar then filed her own police report, and they both later asked the court for a restraining order.
Deion’s restraining order was the only one granted, according to the Associated Press. The judge ruled that Pilar’s injuries were the result of Deion having acted in self-defense. Pilar has been ordered to stay 500 feet away from their Dallas home.
This afternoon, Pilar released a statement addressing her side of the situation:
Deion “Primetime” Sanders used the media, visiting national TV, posting on his various social media sites and telling reporters outside of court to “report it like you would the Super Bowl” to defy the court and dishonor a gag order to trash Pilar Sanders, his wife of 13 years. Pilar sat quietly by the “sidelines” during this terrible gameplay in hopes of keeping her personal life private during this sad time. “I’ve been silent since September. Once Deion’s secret life was revealed and he laid all of his cards on the table, I just wanted a civil divorce for the sake of my children. This didn’t have to go down like this,” explains Pilar. “I obeyed the court, tried to protect my kids from hearing all of the trash talk, but still their father approached it like another ball game.”
“There are no winners in the divorce process, and there’s nothing that justifies an adolescent dance in a retired football uniform to taunt Pilar,” said Larry Friedman, Mrs. Sander’s attorney. “The focus should be on the best interest of the children and not on Mr. Sanders’ glorious past, forgotten football career,” he continued.
The judge ordered the couple to stay 100 yards from each other and he lifted the gag order, now Pilar can speak the truth in the recent assault case ruling this week. “Seeing that Deion uses our children and the word ‘God’ in trying to disguise his image, I think enough is enough. He only cares about himself, manipulating and cheating to distract from the truth and let’s not forget about his open and flagrant philandering. No one deserves to be treated like this, no one. I need the facts known,” says Pilar, “and hopefully Deion’s public will convince him to just stop showing off, handle this situation fairly like a real man, and let my children and me get on with our lives.”
1.) Deion Sanders was NOT granted temporary custody. Both parents have access to their children.
2.) Deion Sanders is NOT allowed to take the children out of school and out of state, without advising Pilar. He had been doing this in violation of Texas law, the State’s truancy laws, and the Court’s Orders.
3.) The Protective Order that Deion previously obtained against Pilar through the Prosper Police when she was arrested on April 23rd, was VACATED.
4.) Deion’s application for A Protective Order against Pilar For Family Violence in the Family Court was DENIED. Both Deion and Pilar Sanders have been told to stay 100 yards from each other making Deion’s assault charges against Pilar groundless.
5.) The Court awarded Deion the exclusive possession of the house in Prosper that he owned before he was married to Pilar which was his separate property with or without a premarital agreement. That ruling was nothing either way.
6.) The Court did NOT grant Pilar’s application for A Protective Order against Deion For Family Violence in the Family Court even though Pilar sustained serious injuries in the incident, including a broken thumb, a broken arm, a disjointed elbow, and bruises and contusions on her arms, shoulders, back, and neck. (Medical documents are available.)
7.) And, lastly the Court RESCINDED AND VACATED the Gag Order. That was an important ruling because Deion had continued to violate this Order with his relentless assaults against Pilar in the media while she continuously obeyed the Order. Now it allows her to defend herself against his verbal abuse.
Nothing else was decided. All of the matters relating to temporary orders will be determined on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.
For the record, Deion’s attorney has a conflict of interest, while representing Deion he also represents the town of Prosper, The Prosper Police Department, and the Prosper Independent School District. That speaks for itself.