Sunday, July 29, 2007
It looks like Deion's comments on Mike Vick's Dogfighting charges have got him in some hot water with the NFL Network. Their first plan of action was to pull Deion from his duties as columnist for the The News-Press in Southwest Florida....
Understandably, the NFL did not like that one of the faces of its network was being portrayed as a Vick apologist. Deion sent a column responding to the criticism to The News-Press and the NFL Network on Friday morning.The column posted is in Sanders' online space but was written by Sports Editor Ed Reed. Reed ends the column with a quote from Deion in which he describes the NFL as a "fraternity" in which you pray for someone rather than "throw stones".
That night, I received an e-mail from Thomas George, the NFL Network managing editor, which read: “This column and subsequent variations of it (are) not approved by NFL Network. It cannot run.”
I wasn't even aware that Deion wrote a column, but this decision makes good PR sense for the NFL-N. Sanders is scheduled to continue his column but not until after this uproar dies down.
NFL Network puts hold on Deion column (The News-Press)