Football great Deion Sanders is sticking to claims he made regarding how some San Francisco 49er players want the team’s head coach, Jim Harbaugh, gone.
Sanders made the following comments on September 28 during NFL GameDay Final, after the 49ers beat the Eagles 26-21.
“They want him out…They’re not on the same page. I really want to know if they’re really playing for the head coach…Are you really down with your head coach, San Francisco 49ers? Because the way it looks and what I’m hearing, you’re really not down for your head coach. And that’s a problem. They really got some problems that we hear rumblings.”
During a press conference the next day, Harbaugh fired back at Sanders’ comments.
“Personally, I think that’s a bunch of a crap.”
Sanders reiterated his claims during Thursday Night Football.
“I have sources. I’m not going to name my sources. I have sources that wear football uniforms, coats, suits and ties. I didn’t stutter, nor did I stammer. This is real.”
Deion went on to cite differences between Harbaugh and 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, and how that strife has “trickled down into the locker room.”
There may be some validity to Sanders’ story, in light of new rumors regarding Harbaugh’s future with the 49ers. The Inquisitr has reported that Harbaugh may indeed be contemplating leaving his post with the team, where he has been head coach since 2011.
Then there’s the ESPN report which claims the issues between 49ers players and their head coach started when Harbaugh allegedly lied to former quarterback Alex Smith about the organization’s attempts to sign Peyton Manning.
Other NFL players, both active and retired, are chiming in on the situation. Former receiver Randy Moss has publicly come down on the coach, and was quoted as saying, “He treated us men like we were still college kids at Stanford.”
On the other hand, Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick challenged Deion Sanders’ story, saying that he’d “like to know who the source is.” Kaepernick added, “When you get a source from that, then we can talk about that.”
There are those that may say the Sanders report has some validity, since Deion spent a season playing for the organization, and that season could be considered the best of his career. His performance for the team earned him the title of 1994 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Then there’s the fact that Sanders earned his first Super Bowl ring as a 49er.
What do you think about the Deion Sanders Harbaugh report? Do you think Sanders still has enough connections on the team to get the real scoop?
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