Deion Sanders' estranged wife released from jail, refutes assault charges

Pilar Sanders (left) and Deion Sanders
Collin County Sheriff's Office;Elsa/Getty Images
Pilar Sanders (left) and Deion Sanders
Collin County Sheriff's Office; Elsa/Getty Images

(CBS/AP) McKINNEY, Texas - Pilar Sanders, the estranged wife of former Dallas Cowboys' cornerback Deion Sanders, is out of jail.

Police in suburban Dallas-Fort Worth reportedly arrested Mrs. Sanders Monday night after she allegedly assaulted her husband at their home.

Deion Sanders took to social media this week to tweet about the alleged attack at his North Texas mansion in Prosper, even posting a photo of his children filling out police reports.

A day after Pilar Sanders was arrested, Sanders had removed the photo and posted a different message.

"Joy came this morning and we opened the door and let Joy in," he tweeted Tuesday.

Pilar Sanders, who was charged with misdemeanor assault and jailed overnight, was released Tuesday. Standing outside Collin County Jail, she said she was being treated unfairly.

"I'm a full-time mom, 100 percent for my children," she said, her voice breaking. "And I just haven't been given a fair shake."

Her husband, known as "Prime Time" during his Hall of Fame playing career, is an icon in the Dallas area for spending five seasons as a cornerback with the Cowboys.

Deion and Pilar Sanders have still been living in the same home, months after Deion filed for divorce in December. Deion's attorney, Rick Robertson, said both had separate living areas within the large home.

After the alleged attack Monday, Sanders tweeted that his children "just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room. She's going to jail (and) I'm pressing charges!"

The Sanders' divorce file is under seal and a judge has placed both sides under a gag order.

Robertson said he didn't see the tweets as a violation of that order because the alleged attack was a separate issue.

"The assault action that occurred was a criminal action that also constitutes family violence," he said. "Pilar Sanders was arrested for that and jailed."

A magistrate judge ordered her Tuesday to stay away from their home for 60 days. The judge also barred her from threatening or harassing her husband, CBS Dallas reported.

Pilar Sanders is a model who has appeared on several television shows, including a 2008 Oxygen network reality series about their family's home life, "Deion & Pilar: Prime Time Love." The couple married in 1999.

Deion Sanders, who played for five NFL teams and is now an NFL Network analyst, has three children with Pilar and two from a former marriage.

Separately, Pilar Sanders is suing Deion Sanders; his daughter from his first marriage, Deiondra Sanders; and Prime Time Enterprise Inc., for $200 million in damages. That case is scheduled to go to trial in September.