Deion Sanders clearly responds to Alabama State coach Eddie Robinson Jr.’s claim.


Deion Sanders pushed back after Alabama State’s Eddie Robinson Jr. shared his thoughts on the heated exchange between the two midfield coaches following Jackson State’s win.

The Jackson State Tigers earned their 12th consecutive SWAC victory since Sanders took over as head coach with a 26-12 win Saturday.

Immediately after the match, Sanders and Robinson had a rather nerve-wracking interaction on the court.

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Jackson State University head football coach Deion Sanders speaks onstage during the Big Homecoming Event at Clark Atlanta University on June 17, 2022 in Atlanta.
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Even before the game, Sanders didn’t exchange pleasantries with Robinson. Sanders claims the only reason he didn’t greet Robinson before kick-off was due to a team arriving late.

Robinson called Sanders and said “he wasn’t SWAC and he was SWAC”,

On Tuesday, Sanders responded to Robinson’s claim and appeared at an apparent team meeting wearing a hoodie, which read “Who is SWAC???” on the front.

The back of the hoodie said “I’m SWAC!”

Sanders danced as the players repeatedly said, “Who’s SWAC,” before Sanders turned around and pointed to the back of the hoodie. The players then chanted “I am SWAC!”

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During their on-court interaction, Sanders and Robinson slapped each other.

Sanders appeared to lean in for a closer hug before Robinson put his hand on Sanders’ chest. Robinson then snatched his hand away and walked back to his locker room. Sanders was stunned by the interaction and asked what was going on.

The beef between Robinson and Sanders appears to stem from rude talk, the former Dallas Cowboys cornerback and MLB player said in the days leading up to the game.

Sanders pointed to the fact that Alabama State chose to play Jackson State in their return game.

Close up of Jackson State coach Deion Sanders before the game against Alabama A&M at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Close up of Jackson State coach Deion Sanders before the game against Alabama A&M at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
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“He’s not SWAC. I’m SWAC, he’s not SWAC,” Robinson said after the match, via ESPN. “He’s in the conference, doing a great job, can’t hit that, has a great team, his son should be in the running for the Heisman trophy, I love Shedeur, a great player, I love what he Done for the conference… But you’re not gonna come here and disrespect me, my team and my school and then want a hug from my brother Shake my hand and get the hell out of here.

Jackson State went undefeated this season with a 5-0 record. Meanwhile, Alabama State fell to 3-3.

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Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders during warm-ups before the College Football Cricket Celebration Bowl game between the South Carolina State Bulldogs and the Jackson State Tigers on December 18, 2021 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders during warm-ups before the College Football Cricket Celebration Bowl game between the South Carolina State Bulldogs and the Jackson State Tigers on December 18, 2021 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
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Over the summer, Sanders pledged to help ensure the large-scale renovations underway within the athletic department were completed. He said he would donate half his salary for the upgrades.

Sanders’ annual salary for coaching JSU is worth $300,000 a year, according to 247Sports.

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Robinson played college football at Alabama State and later played for several NFL teams during his 11-year career.


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