Deion Sanders, co-founder of the Forth Worth-based charter school Prime Prep Academy, has been removed from his role as head football coach and part-time school operator. The announcement was posted on the Prime Prep Academy website overnight.
"Effective immediately, Deion Sanders is no longer an employee or representative for Prime Prep Academy," reads the statement, attributed to Superintendent Rachel M. King-Sanders. "Prime Prep is committed to continually improving as an educational institution and it will continue to strive for excellence in every aspect."
The announcement comes following an incident Wednesday in which Sanders was accused of assaulting an employee at the Dallas high school campus of Prime Prep Academy.
The employee, Kevin Jefferson, an administrator over finance, told Dallas Police Sanders attacked him, grabbed him by the collar and shoved him up against a wall. Jefferson filed a formal complaint against Sanders. Sanders admits confronting Jefferson but denies injuring him.
Sanders later told News 8 he was upset over the mismanagement of the school.
"Mr. Jefferson and I got into a confrontation about the welfare of these kids. And we'll get into another one. Until you start taking care of these kids, I'm going to be on a rampage," said Sanders.
Sanders has yet to comment on being relieved of all responsibilities at his own charter school. In a subsequent release, board chairman T. Christopher Lewis says he supports the decision to "end the relationship between Prime Prep Academy and Mr. Deion Sanders."
"It is commonly known that Mr. Sanders is a co-founder and has served as an ambassador and employee of the school since its establishment. His positive contribution is appreciated and regarded as a laudable example. The school family wishes Mr. Sanders much success in his future endeavors," reads his statement.
Texas Education Agency officials say a school superintendent has the authority to hire and fire employees.