Sanders denies wrongdoing in Crabtree, Bryant cases


In an interview on NFL Gameday Morning, analyst Deion Sanders denied any wrongdoing or improprieties related to 49ers rookie Michael Crabtree or Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant, who was suspended indefinitely by the NCAA last week after lying to officials about a visit to Sanders’ home.

Sanders said he hasn’t served as a go-between to connect players with agent Eugene Parker, including Crabtree, who ended his protracted contract holdout with the 49ers last week. On Sept. 4, Sanders told host Rich Eisen on NFL Total Access that two teams were interested in trading for Crabtree. The NFL started a tampering investigation following the comments.

On Sunday, Sanders said his comments on NFL Total Access in September were based on conversations he had with Parker.

“Eugene Parker told me that the San Francisco 49ers told him there were two teams that would trade for Crabtree, but guess what? We’re not going to trade him,” said Sanders, who added that the NFL hasn’t contacted him in regards to the Crabtree investigation, but he would cooperate if he was contacted in the future.

As for Bryant, Sanders said Parker was “not whatsoever” involved in the meeting at Sanders’ home and there wouldn’t have been any problems if Bryant hadn’t falsified his story to the NCAA.

“They wanted to question Dez about our relationship, and Dez was nervous about, ‘Why do these NCAA people have me in this room with a closed door questioning me?’ Now, had I been a liar or falsified any incident or evidence, my story would have collaborated with Dez,” Sanders said. “The kid said he didn’t come to my home. In actuality, he did.”

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