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Deion Sanders faces charges in domestic violence incident

Recently, Maryland sports fans learned that sportscaster and former professional football/baseball player, Deion Sanders, called the police on his wife and another woman. He accused the two women of assaulting him.

The couple has been in the midst of divorce proceedings for some time.

Adding to the normal publicity that often revolves around celebrity marital problems, Sanders twittered his take on the apparent domestic violence incident. "Pray for me and my kids now! They just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room," one post said. "She's going to jail n (sic) I'm pressing charges!"

Sanders also posted pictures of his children filling out police complaints against their mother.

Sanders' estranged wife denies his version of events, but expresses worry that her word will have trouble standing up to that of a beloved sports star and football hall-of-famer.

Sanders' wife was the only one of the three individuals allegedly involved in the dispute that police actually arrested.

She currently is under an emergency protection order that bars her from the family home for 61 days. It also prohibits her from harassing any family member. Similar protection orders are available in Maryland. Indeed, one can obtain an emergency protection order in Maryland any time, day or night.

Despite his tweets, however, police are pushing to charge Sanders with domestic violence allegations that could land him in jail for up to one year. The police had charged him with a Class C misdemeanor but are now recommending a more serious Class A misdemeanor charge. The former would carry no threat of jail time. The issue is in the hands of prosecutors.

For the time being, what really happened in last month's confrontation remains a mystery. As the wife's attorney said, "there are two sides to every story, and the truth will come out in court."

Source: CNN, "Police push more serious charge against Deion Sanders after domestic dispute," May 3, 2012

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