Deion Sanders Granted Temporary Custody of Children


More often than not, child custody can be one of the most difficult agreements during the Pasadena divorce process. For some battling couples, often times it takes a judge to step in and make a temporary custody ruling for the safety of the children involved. Texas State District Judge Ray Wheless did just that this week as he granted NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders temporary custody after a physical altercation with his ex-wife Pilar. Wheless also ordered Pilar to stay at least 500 yards away from the former football star's Dallas home.

On April 23, 2012, Deion Sanders shocked Twitter followers when he tweeted that his ex-wife had attacked him outside their $5.7 million home in Prospect, Texas. He also posted a photo of his children filing out a police report. Police and other witnesses backed up Sanders' tweet in court last week. Judge Wheless ruled that the injuries to Pilar Sanders were a result of Deion Sanders defending himself from her assault. Wheless "gave the Hall of Famer temporary custody of the former couple's children pending a full custody hearing, and ordered that the children undergo psychological counseling," according to the Huffington Post.

Pilar Sanders has been ordered to stay away from Deion Sanders, their children and the Prospect estate. Since Deion Sanders experienced no pain, Judge Wheless ruled it was a simple assault. Responding Police Officer John Gardner testified last week Pilar Sanders showed no signs of injury when they arrived on the scene. Gardner also recounted what Deion Sanders and told him the night of the altercation, including that Pilar and a friend both started hitting him at one point during the attack. After the ruling, Deion Sanders again returned to Twitter on Monday night, saying, "GOD IS SO GOOD! DON'T EVER DOUBT HIM NO MATTER HOW YOUR SITUATION LOOKS. TRUST HIM PLEASE. HE IS SO FAITHFUL."

The remaining decisions in the Sanders divorce case are expected to be made in the upcoming weeks.