Deion Sanders Granted Custody of Children, Restraining Order Against Former Wife

On Monday, after three days of testimony alleging infidelity, poor parenting, and family violence, a Texas judge ordered Pilar Sanders, the estranged wife of Deion Sanders, to stay at least 500 yards away from the former NFL star’s suburban Dallas home in a ruling stemming from a scuffle between the pair last month.

According to Judge Ray Wheless, Deion, who was also granted temporary custody of he and his former wife’s children, was acting in self-defense when he injured Pilar during an incident at their $5.7 million mansion on April 23.

At the time, Deion gave a first hand testimony via Twitter shortly after it occurred, writing that his children “just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room.”

In addition to the restraining order, judge Wheless also said Pilar, 33, could face a fine for the attack and that their three children must have psychological counseling.

Full custody arrangements for the kids are still pending and a hearing for the matter is scheduled for May 15.

“In family law cases, people often say that there are no winners, but Mr. Sanders is pleased with the results today,” Deion’s attorney, Rick Robertson, said following the ruling.

Said Deion:

“I feel good; I feel good every day,” the 8-time Pro Bowl cornerback told reporters as he wheeled a large statue from the courtroom. writes that the statue, a piece of art was at the center of a fight between Sanders and his estranged wife, was introduced as evidence to prove that the former two-sport star would not have been able to swing it at Pilar, as was alleged.

Deion later hopped on Twitter to share his joy regarding the outcome of the proceedings.

“The Truth was told baby! I’m doing my dance with my old falcon uniform on with my Gold jacket over it and some cleats! Lol,” Sanders posted.

Prior to their divorce and nasty ongoing custody battle, Pilar and Deion Sanders married in 1999 and starred together in an Oxygen network reality show, “Deion & Pilar: Prime Time Love.”

via ABC

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