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Deion Sanders Granted Temporary Custody Of Kids In Nasty Divorce Battle

Tue, May 8, 2012 9:55am EDT by Add first Comment
Deion Sanders Custody

A Texas judge gave the former NFL star temporary custody of his children and ordered that his estranged wife, Pilar, stay at least 500 yards away from their Dallas mansion.

After an April 23 domestic scuffle between Deion Sanders and his wife Pilar Sanders, State District Judge Ray Wheless gave the Hall of Famer temporary custody of the couple’s two sons, 10 and 12, and that the children undergo psychological counseling. (It’s not the only bitter custody battle going on this week, either.)

According to a report from the Associated Press, both were charged with misdemeanor simple assault after their spat and were seeking protective orders against each other. Only Deion, 44, received the court protection. Deion will also be allowed to stay in their Texas home while Pilar cannot come within 500 yards of their former residence.

On the night of the April 23 scuffle, the report said that Deion was in a kitchen area when Pilar, 38, began kicking the kitchen door that is connected to their bedroom. When his wife started slapping him, he grabbed her by the waist and carried her out the room. Pilar sustained minor injuries but was jailed for a night after the incident and charged of misdemeanor domestic violence.

The judge ruled that Pilar’s injuries — a cut lip — were a result of Deion defending himself from her assault. Pilar will pay a fine for her assault on Deion.

The ruling came on May 7, after three days of hearings in the Sanders’ divorce case. A message posted on Deion’s Twitter account late Monday reads: ‘GOD IS SO GOOD! DON’T EVER DOUBT HIM NO MATTER HOW YOUR SITUATION LOOKS. TRUST HIM PLEASE. HE IS SO FAITHFUL.’

[Associated Press]

— Lorraine Chow

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