Deion Sanders Catches Heat Over His ‘Dual Parent/Single Mother’ Recruiting Strategy

    Deion Sanders (Jackson State) – Getty

    *First-year Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders is catching heat over comments he made about his recruiting process for young Black male athletes. 

    During an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show,” Sanders said the ideal quarterback should come from a “dual parent” home.

    “Well, we have different attributes. Smart, tough, fast, disciplined with character. Now, quarterbacks are different,” Sanders said.

    “We want mother, father. Dual parent. We want that kid to be 3.5 [GPA] and up. Because he has to be smart. Not bad decisions off the field, at all. Because he has to be a leader of men,” he added.

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    When it comes to choosing defensive linemen, the former Jackson State University coach said he prefers athletes who are raised by single mothers.

    “Defensive linemen is totally opposite. Single mama, trying to get it, he’s on free lunch,” Sanders continued. “I’m talking about just trying to make it. He’s trying to rescue mama. Like mama barely made the flight. And I want him to just go get it.”

    He added: “It’s a whole different attribute that you look for in different positions. And we have that stuff just chronicled. We know what we want, and we go get it.”

    Sanders’ comments sparked a heated debate on social media, with one user tweeting “Man if @DeionSanders really said he prefers a Two parent household for Qualifications of Recruiting QB’s, and then said he wants his Defensive lineman to come from single mothers as a Coach myself that’s mind-boggling. I love all my players equally regardless of home status.”

    Do you think Sanders’ recruiting methods are offensive and out-of-pocket? Sound off in the comments.

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