PROSPER, Texas -- Former Dallas Cowboys star Deion Sanders has been charged with misdemeanor simple assault in the wake of an altercation with his estranged wife that got her arrested at their mansion in suburban Dallas, police said late Tuesday.
Police said further investigation led to citations against both Deion and Pilar Sanders, who still live together but on different sides of their palatial home in Prosper, a city about 30 miles north of Dallas.
The charge doesn’t warrant arrest. Prosper police spokesman Celso Martinez wouldn’t detail the allegations, but said the charge covers any act considered aggressive and could be as simple as touching or defensively jerking away from someone’s grip. The charge carries a fine of up to $500.
A message left with Sanders’ attorney by The Associated Press wasn’t immediately returned.
The Hall of Famer tweeted Monday that Pilar had attacked him, and he posted a photo of his children filling out police reports. He removed the photo and posted a new message about joy the next day.
Pilar Sanders was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge on Monday and held overnight in the county jail. She was released Tuesday and, 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.”
A magistrate judge ordered her to stay away from their home for 60 days and barred her from threatening or harassing her husband.
Deion Sanders filed for divorce in December.