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Deion thinks millionaire athletes need to hire a “no man”

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We’ve disagreed over the years with plenty of things that soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders has said and done.  Most recently, we didn’t care much for his Twitter-style excuse-making on behalf of cornerback Pacman Jones, who while on probation in Las Vegas got himself into trouble in Cincinnati.

But we agree completely with Sanders’ position regarding the primary challenge presented by young, rich athletes:  Getting them to listen.

“It’s hard to talk to a person when they have millions, man, because there is so much noise in their life,” Sanders recently told WCNN, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.  “Everybody around them is employed and they have ‘yes men.’  You gotta start hiring a ‘no man.’  Somebody who is going to tell you no and somebody who is going to tell you the truth and a lot of these guys don’t.”

Amen, Deion.  With a “no man,” Mike Vick never would have gone to jail.  With a “no man,” Pacman Jones never would have been suspended.  With a “no man,” JaMarcus Russell never would have . . . well, OK, JaMarcus Russell probably still would have become a bust.

The subject arose in connection with one of Sanders’ former proteges, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.

Asked whether Deion is concerned about Bryant, Deion said, “Everybody is.  I think the Dallas Cowboys are more concerned than I am.  I’m not losing any sleep by any means. . . .  I had to cut my umbilical cord with him because a lot of things people do not know about.  I’m trying to open schools and get these kids prepared for the future and I can’t have that on my record saying that:  How am I going to send my kids to your school and this is what you are turning out over here?  No, I am not turning that out over there.  I have nothing to do with that and I had to cut that cord because you can’t keep doing the same old things that you’ve always done.  You are going to get the same old things you’ve always got, so that’s why I had to separate myself.  I love him.  I see him from time-to-time.  I pray for him, but as a unit we had to separate.”

Bryant previously has suggested that Deion ended their relationship after Bryant decided not to do business with UnderArmour.  Also, Deion previously found himself embroiled in a controversy after Bryant was suspended by the NCAA for lying about his relationship with Sanders, which prompted speculation that Sanders was serving as a runner for his agent (and Hall of Fame presenter), Eugene Parker.

We can’t fault Sanders for cutting Bryant loose if Bryant’s conduct was hurting Sanders’ brand.  But we’d love to know more about what Bryant did, in order to determine whether Sanders was justified to move on, or whether he was simply abandoning the kid because things became public that Deion didn’t want to see publicized.

Either way, whatever happened between Sanders and Bryant wasn’t bad enough to prompt Parker to decline to represent Dez.  And that sets up a bizarre triangle; Sanders and Parker are sufficiently close that Parker will be presenting Sanders for induction into the Hall of Fame, Deion has cut the cord on Dez, and yet Parker (who is in best position to be Bryant’s “no man”) still represents a player with whom, for whatever reason, Sanders no longer could coexist.

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57 Responses to “Deion thinks millionaire athletes need to hire a “no man””
  1. chadmurdigan says: Jul 12, 2011 10:10 AM

    A grown man making millions of dollars with his first job shouldn’t need yes men or no men. Geez, the molly coddling of this generation of football players must make the old guard puke in their Wheaties. It sure does me.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 12, 2011 10:15 AM

    That’s because Sanders and Bryant don’t really have to be hand in hand to have the same agent.

    Did you not do an article a while back about two competing players who share an agent? If that works, this is a walk in the park.

  3. tundey says: Jul 12, 2011 10:18 AM

    I suppose if your friends are also knuckle heads, it might be worth it to hire a no-man. And a driver. And a “hold-my-gun-while-we-go-into-a-NY-nightclub” man. And a “yell-at-the-police-so-I-don’t-have-to” man. Bottom line is no other person is a substitute for common sense.

  4. jutts says: Jul 12, 2011 10:19 AM

    Where was Deon’s “No Man”????

  5. vadog says: Jul 12, 2011 10:22 AM

    First, there should be no such thing as “millionaire athletes.” Second, when Deion Sanders is the voice of reason for player responsibility, then the league is really in trouble.

  6. tundey says: Jul 12, 2011 10:24 AM

    Oh they also need to hire a “you-must-listen-to-your-no-man” man. Otherwise, the no-man will just be like any other person trying to offer them good advice. Not sure a no-man could have helped JaMarcus or Mike Vick.

  7. backuppunter says: Jul 12, 2011 10:24 AM

    makes sense but i have always found neon dieon to be such an outspoken hypocrite at times i don’t really quite trust anything he says. great player though and i mean this as both a compliment and a diss how many people are in the hall of fame that never learned to tackle? i mean he totally deserves to make it to the hall of fame but he totally couldn’t tackle. not too many guys like that. God bless you dieon

  8. dgbk says: Jul 12, 2011 10:26 AM

    Did hv steal this “no man” concept from the comic kevin hart. While i agree with him i doubt it will happen. most 20-22 yr old millionares will not hire this person.
    what kid wants a parent saying no to them or a parent figure .. Is it needed yes likely to happen no, just hope who ur team drafts have common sense.

  9. backuppunter says: Jul 12, 2011 10:26 AM

    deion, woops

  10. hank10 says: Jul 12, 2011 10:28 AM

    If they don’t listen to the advice, doesn’t matter how many ‘no men’ they hire. What some of them do need is for their agent to set up an account where they are disbursed a certain amount of money per month. Yes, an allowance. Until they prove they can handle the finances on their own, they need someone to handle it for them.

  11. chizzle20 says: Jul 12, 2011 10:29 AM

    I see Deion was watching the BET Awards and listening to Kevin Heart because that’s exactly what he said about the Artists.

  12. Rodger Banister says: Jul 12, 2011 10:33 AM

    Am I the only one who thinks that parents should act as a barometer for what’s right and wrong? It seems that the majority of these athletes make their mistakes in their still-formative years, a period of time when I was highly influenced by my parents’ opinion.

    But, as a non-athlete, I am unaware of the role a parent plays in the athlete’s upbringing. It could be that they too are as culpable as the ‘yes-men’ that Deion is trying to protect them from.

  13. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jul 12, 2011 10:38 AM

    “Deion thinks millionaire athletes need to hire a “no man”

    Isn’t this what parents are for? I guess it’s a sad statement that a lot of these guys have no parental guidance and never have.

  14. jw731 says: Jul 12, 2011 10:39 AM

    This guy is so full of crap…….It’s all about brand, whatever lameass jock prep school he’s trying to create so he can get companies to associate themselves with, and he can cash in, like he is doing this for the betterment of society…….Please…..But, he will pray for them if they decide not to fall into his trap…….It’s almost laughable..

  15. brownsfrown says: Jul 12, 2011 10:39 AM

    Maybe if we had a lockout we could try and impose a rookie wage scale which might limit the millions…

    …wait…

  16. jimmysee says: Jul 12, 2011 10:41 AM

    chadmurdigan says:
    Jul 12, 2011 10:10 AM

    A grown man making millions of dollars with his first job shouldn’t need yes men or no men. Geez, the molly coddling of this generation of football players must make the old guard puke in their Wheaties. It sure does me.

    ————————————————————-

    Wow — I sure don’t agree with that.

    These kids (and they ARE kids) come from no money, poor and broken-up families, and have been busting their athletic asses for years through college.

    They finally come into a LOT of cash very quickly and they have no experience, no training, no understanding of what it means, what’s going to happen to them, how to handle it.

    The temptations are enormous, the pressures are enormous, and they attract the wrong kind of “friends.” And sometimes girlfriends and wives — who want to spend spend spend.

    Deion is totally right about this. These guys need advisors who have no connection with football — but LOTS of connection with financial planing.

    If they don’t get it — or if they get it and ignore it — they’ll end up broke — like so many of their colleagues.

    As for you, chadmurdigan, puke all you want into your Wheaties. The “old guard” didn’t make this kind of money.

    I recall in the “old guard” days, the Practice Squad was called the “Taxi Squad” because those guys drove cabs during the week to make ends meet.

  17. cleverbob says: Jul 12, 2011 10:43 AM

    Quit crying about there being “millionaire athletes”. Don’t like it? Stop buying tickets, buying apparel, or even watching games on TV. Also, stop clicking on any sports related web pages that generate revenue.

    Capitalism, baby.

  18. vetdana says: Jul 12, 2011 10:43 AM

    millionaire athletes so insulated from society that they cannot abide by its rules should….Give their money to charity and….Find a job like the rest of us woking stiffs…….will they…..Yea right !

  19. shackdelrio says: Jul 12, 2011 10:44 AM

    The real person that most of these players could have used in their lives is a father.

  20. KIR says: Jul 12, 2011 10:45 AM

    @vadog

    First, there should be no such thing as “millionaire athletes.”
    ____________________________

    If that’s the case I wonder how many people would turn on the TV or pay to see you play. We know the answer. I guest the greatest athletes (ie entertainers) in the world should perform for free? Who then gets the money?

  21. casophonic says: Jul 12, 2011 10:50 AM

    How bad do you have to be to get Prime Time to say that you are an a-hole?
    Sorry Dallas fans, maybe the rest of the league was right and he’s too much trouble….

  22. mdagnew1 says: Jul 12, 2011 10:51 AM

    Primetime… I am curious who your “no-man” was over at the White House you guys kept near Cowboys Stadium? Was it Michael Irving?

  23. bmac187 says: Jul 12, 2011 10:51 AM

    vadog says:
    Jul 12, 2011 10:22 AM
    First, there should be no such thing as “millionaire athletes.”
    ——————————————–

    Why not?

  24. bronco1st says: Jul 12, 2011 10:52 AM

    Instead of hiring people to run your life, how about learning rules, morals, good judgment, civil behavior?

  25. tomwill21 says: Jul 12, 2011 10:56 AM

    Pot calling the kettle black?

  26. flaccotoboldin says: Jul 12, 2011 10:56 AM

    Some of you guys are taking Deion too literally, because, suprise, some of you aren’t too bright.

    You don’t have to literally hire a guy into a position called “no-man”

    the point is, if you’re employing people around you, you need to have people who can tell you when you have a bad idea.

    Even athletes who have screwed up like Vick or Burress – not every idea they have everyday is bad. But they have terrible ones and they have no-one around them, employed or otherwise, who can say “you’re screwing up”

    Thats all Deion is saying. If you’re young and dumb and hire a bunch of other idiots to be around you, you’re going to get bad results.

    No, a no-man couldn’t have saved Vick alone. But maybe a no-man could have made some appeal to Vick’s morality (if he had any) or something that would have snapped him out of it.

  27. fergenator says: Jul 12, 2011 11:02 AM

    Sorry…but it’s too late for a NO man…In real life the NO man should have been his father or father figure…..but this is a deeper social issue…that should have been addressed at a much younger day….don’t get me started on lack of fathers in the Black community.

  28. alphaq2 says: Jul 12, 2011 11:05 AM

    Funny how life works…The players that would hire a “No Man” probably don’t need one. The players that do need a “No Man” would never hire one.

  29. pkrlvr says: Jul 12, 2011 11:12 AM

    Why is it only black players need “no men” and have possies and yes men hangin all over them. Why is it only the black players that spend all there money on bling before taking the first snap? Why don’t we ever see these kinds of issues with the white guys? Not being racist at all, just wondering what gives?

  30. We'reFineThere says: Jul 12, 2011 11:18 AM

    Wouldn’t the “No Man” back down when the player reminds him who pays him?

  31. kevinfromth says: Jul 12, 2011 11:18 AM

    Rarely do I agree with Deion, but these guys have to have an Eric to their Vinnie Chases.

    Everybody’s got one buddy in their crew who has a lick of sense. Promote that dude to limit the bad ideas.

  32. vadog says: Jul 12, 2011 11:32 AM

    bmac187 says:
    Jul 12, 2011 10:51 AM
    “Why not?”

    Because it is a game! It’s entertainment. It’s not important! Our society has gotten all out of whack when we value entertainment over education!

  33. rc33 says: Jul 12, 2011 11:50 AM

    A “no man” could’ve done what, kept Dez Bryant to spending only $550,000 on his jewelry?

    This whole concept is flat-out stupid. You hire and “no man,” then, simply by the virtue of his responsibilities, he eventually ticks you off and as a result, one week later, he’s an unemployed “no man.”
    These clowns make millions of dollars. Any idea how much easier that makes your life…especially at a point when they’re perfectly content eating fast food four times a week?
    I’d love to have some of these young guys “problems.”

    Most significant though, I’m tired of hearing excuses for them. If you’re a pinhead with your money and you blow it, you’re the exception rather than the rule. Thousands of young jocks have encountered the same over the years but are restrained enough to not allow that to happen.

  34. dclogicatlast says: Jul 12, 2011 11:51 AM

    vadog says:
    Jul 12, 2011 11:32 AM

    Because it is a game! It’s entertainment. It’s not important! Our society has gotten all out of whack when we value entertainment over education!

    ————————————————–

    I assume you boycott watching all forms of NFL programming then, correct?

  35. wicky888 says: Jul 12, 2011 11:53 AM

    I didnt know “no-man” was slang on the streets for “father” All children need parents, preferrably ones who have the same last name

  36. bmac187 says: Jul 12, 2011 12:01 PM

    Then I advise you take all the time and money you spend on the NFL and donate it to schools. As well as all the money you spend on movies, concerts, plays and anything else entertainment related.

    However, the fact remains that people need entertainment, and are willing to spend a ton of money on it. And let’s not kid ourselves and pretend the owners are going to give that money to good causes.

    I’m not arguing that our society is not “out of whack”, but that is in no way the fault of the athletes. Let them earn what they can.

  37. caliviking805 says: Jul 12, 2011 12:04 PM

    @pkrlvr
    I’ve never thought of that!
    And maybe the white offensive lineman are trying to hide something because you never hear about them. They HAVE to be up to be up to something. A quite white guy can’t be trusted. I’m not trying to be racist, I was just wondering.

    SMH

  38. upyourasgard says: Jul 12, 2011 12:08 PM

    pkrlvr says: Jul 12, 2011 11:12 AM

    Why is it only black players need “no men” and have possies and yes men hangin all over them. Why is it only the black players that spend all there money on bling before taking the first snap? Why don’t we ever see these kinds of issues with the white guys? Not being racist at all, just wondering what gives?

    —–

    This is due the factor that most African Americans grow up in a poor environment with no money, and no authority figure(s) to guide them. Thus, when they get all this money, they don’t know how to control themselves, they’ve never had an opportunity to learn how to before this! Can you truly blame someone who has been poor all their life and finally wants to be able to do what they saw many of their peers did for many years before they were able to?

  39. txbossman says: Jul 12, 2011 12:17 PM

    It’s very difficult to fix “stupid”.

  40. airraid77 says: Jul 12, 2011 12:17 PM

    But you libs have no proble telling them how to spend their money….double jeopardy….what if they said no to your socialist ideas? now what? they are being greedy?

  41. comeonnowguys says: Jul 12, 2011 12:19 PM

    Over the course of last year’s NBA free agency period, Lebron James shut out his no-men. You know, the people that by the end would have told him “The Decision” was a bad idea.

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I agree with De….. Nevermind. Still can’t say it.

  42. bsizemore68 says: Jul 12, 2011 12:20 PM

    The football players are adults, they can vote and are responsible for there decisions, and if they make bad ones then they will pay the price as we do, young men who are 18,19,20 are fighting and dying in the military, they accept the responsibility and do there jobs, stop crying for the players who choose to go down the road of no return. Bill

  43. txbossman says: Jul 12, 2011 12:21 PM

    This is due the factor that most African Americans grow up in a poor environment with no money, and no authority figure(s) to guide them. Thus, when they get all this money, they don’t know how to control themselves, they’ve never had an opportunity to learn how to before this! Can you truly blame someone who has been poor all their life and finally wants to be able to do what they saw many of their peers did for many years before they were able to?
    ——————————
    This is just silly. This suggests that black people can’t control themselves. They are perfectly able to do so, and there are more that gain riches through sports and entertainment that are able to not get themselves in trouble and do stupid stuff than those that ARE doing stupid stuff and getting themselves in trouble. The fact is that they are some that are just not smart. Sad fact, but a fact none the less. There’s plenty of white athletes and hispanic athletes that are the same way.

  44. freedomispopular says: Jul 12, 2011 1:08 PM

    You need a “no man” to tell you not to write some of your articles.

  45. upperdecker19 says: Jul 12, 2011 1:13 PM

    Pacman: I wanna make it rain at the strip club
    No Man: No
    Pacman: You’re fired
    No Man: No
    Pacman: Really, you’re fired. Get outta here!
    No Man: No

    Pacman’s confused now. No Man is confused now. Violence ensues.

  46. bison4me says: Jul 12, 2011 1:18 PM

    pkrlvr says:
    Jul 12, 2011 11:12 AM
    Why is it only black players need “no men” and have possies and yes men hangin all over them. Why is it only the black players that spend all there money on bling before taking the first snap? Why don’t we ever see these kinds of issues with the white guys? Not being racist at all, just wondering what gives?
    ====================================
    I don’t think its just black men who need “No Men”, I think it’s young athletes period. PFT just picked examples where the athletes mentioned were black. That being said, both Kerry Collins and Jeff George could have used “No Men” early in their careers, Mark Brunell probably could have used a No Man a few years ago, otherwise he’d be enjoying retirement instead playing well past his prime for financial reasons. Big Ben could use a “No Man” now, as well as Brian Cushing and Ryan Mallet (at least from what the media says). It’s about immaturity rather than race IMO.

  47. melonnhead says: Jul 12, 2011 1:21 PM

    How bad do you have to be to get Prime Time to say that you are an a-hole?
    Sorry Dallas fans, maybe the rest of the league was right and he’s too much trouble….

    ——————————————————–

    All you have to do to piss Deion off is get between him and some money.

  48. melonnhead says: Jul 12, 2011 1:28 PM

    All this crap over a guy that has done no more than ruin his credit because he didn’t pay the bill for his bling on time. And it’s all coming from an the NFL’s all-time leader in attention-whoring, an ego so large he gave himself TWO nicknames and so greedy his catch-phrase is “MUST BE THE MONEY”.

  49. ocho says: Jul 12, 2011 1:42 PM

    pkrlvr says: Jul 12, 2011 11:12 AM

    Why is it only black players need “no men” and have possies and yes men hangin all over them. Why is it only the black players that spend all there money on bling before taking the first snap? Why don’t we ever see these kinds of issues with the white guys? Not being racist at all, just wondering what gives?

    ———————————–

    Mark Brunnel appears to have spent all of his money recently…hes white…i think

  50. xsorethumbx says: Jul 12, 2011 2:11 PM

    cue Deion’s timeless rap song “Must Be the Money”

  51. vadog says: Jul 12, 2011 2:14 PM

    No…I don’t boycott all forms of NFL entertainment. But, I don’t spend a lot of money on the NFL either. I don’t purchase NFL merchandise, I don’t go to games, and I don’t pay to watch games on TV. I enjoy when my team wins, but I don’t get all bent out of shape when they lose. Why? Say it with me….IT’S JUST A GAME!!!!

  52. hobartbaker says: Jul 12, 2011 2:40 PM

    Dez did hire a “no” man. But every time something came up and they held a vote, the “yes” men would carry it.

  53. yahmule says: Jul 12, 2011 3:51 PM

    Or they could simply use their television positions to promote players who have Eugene Parker as their agent. The way Deion does…

  54. trollaikman8 says: Jul 12, 2011 3:55 PM

    Remember that time when that the vintage auto dealer asked Deion for the money that was owed for him restoring his Cadillac?

    Deion’s response: No, man.

  55. colts82 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:04 PM

    You can hire as many yes/no men as you want but in the end, you can’t fix stupid!

  56. doe22us says: Jul 12, 2011 5:16 PM

    Hmm maybe Dez should hire Jim Carrey, yes problem solved

  57. goforthanddie says: Jul 12, 2011 6:20 PM

    I thought being the NO man was an agent’s job.

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