Sport News SWAC Media Day was a poopshow, and it wasn’t just Deion’s hissy fit

If his mama named him Deion, I’mma call him Deion.

With multiple self-aggrandizing and egotistical antics already on his resume during his short time as Jackson State’s head football coach, Deion Sanders upped the ante on Tuesday during the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s (SWAC) Media Day.

“You don’t call Nick Saban, ‘Nick.’ Don’t call me Deion,” Sanders told Nick Suss of the Clarion Ledger.

“If you call Nick (Saban), Nick, you’ll get cussed out on the spot, so don’t do that to me. Treat me like Nick.”

According to reports, Sanders walked off like a toddler who was told they couldn’t have another cup of juice before bedtime, all because he was referred to by his government name.

As expected, Sanders is disputing the encounter.

“Never walked out of media day,” Sanders tweeted. “I prolonged my time to answer another question & the person thought it was cute to address me the way he did so I dropped the call & went to the next outlet. Please don’t allow a fool to fool u because then nobody would truly know who the fool is.”

At this point, labeling Sanders as a fool himself would be a compliment. Better yet, it would be high praise. Especially for a coach that’s coming off a spring season in which his team had a “4-3 record.” One of those wins, via a score of 53-0, came against Edward Waters College, an NAIA school that went 1-10 in its last full season of football. Another win came against Alcorn State, in a W that was granted to Jackson State after Alcorn forfeited its spring season. I’ll let you decide what the actual record was for the man who wants to be treated like Saban — the sport’s greatest coach, with over 250 wins, seven national championships, and a statue in his image. To make things even more comical, on Tuesday, social media was full of sports reporters discussing how Saban and other greats like Bill Belichick don’t take issue when other adults call them by their names.

“When I interview people, I call them by their first name,” said Suss — the reporter who dared call Deion, “Deion.”

“Whether it’s someone I’ve been working with for years or someone I’m talking to for the first time. This is true of the coaches and players on the Ole Miss beat, the coaches and players at Mississippi State and Southern Miss when I help out covering their teams and, as recently as January, even Sanders, too.”

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