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Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders made headlines yesterday for getting up and walking out of SWAC Media Days. Why did the former NFL star turned coach abruptly leave? Supposedly because he was addressed by a reporter as “Deion” instead of his preferred name of “Coach.”
While it is understandable that Sanders would want to be addressed as a coach, getting so worked up that he walked out was excessive. But as OutKick’s Dallas Jackson pointed out on Twitter Tuesday, having Jackson State in the headlines, even while other major conferences are hosting media days, is a big win for them.
Was Deion right about this? Of course not… plenty of people call the Alabama coach “Nick” on conference calls. But…. Who cares. Folks are talking about Jackson State during other conference Media Days. That’s a W. https://t.co/dbpoOkdWCS
— Dallas Jackson (@DallasAJackson) July 21, 2021
Was that the plan? Who knows, but we do have more information now that could explain the outburst from Sanders.
Apparently, Jackson State University allegedly blocked a reporter from the Clarion Ledger, Rashad Milligan, from covering Sanders and the team at SWAC Media Days. Why? Because Milligan wrote a piece regarding a domestic violence charge against incoming four-star recruit Quaydarius Davis.
Davis is the highest-rated high school recruit in the program’s history, but according to the Clarion Ledger, he is expected to plead guilty to a charge of “assault causes bodily injury family violence,” which is a misdemeanor in Texas.
Of course, barring a reporter for just doing his job isn’t sitting well with the news outlet.
“A Clarion Ledger reporter was punished for simply doing his job,” Clarion Ledger Executive Editor Marlon A. Walker said. “The decision to interfere with a working journalist not only is disappointing but also intolerable.
“It runs counter to the Clarion Ledger’s unwavering mission to freely and fully inform readers throughout Mississippi. It is imperative to stand strong against any attempts to disrupt that effort.”
A spokesperson from Jackson State claims that no one at the Clarion Ledger, including Milligan, has been banned from covering the program. But that’s all they would say, which means someone is clearly lying here.
If this story is true, it’s a bad look for Sanders once again.
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