Debate over who’s right or wrong comes after an exchange at center field between Jackson State Head Coach Deion Sanders and Alabama Head Coach Eddie Robinson Jr.
Robinson shook Sander’s hand, however, didn’t want to embrace the coach after his team’s loss to Jackson State, 26-12 at Alabama State’s homecoming game on Saturday. The incident left Sanders in shock as he walked off the field with his security team.
Robinson explained that Sanders had made disrespectful comments before their match-up earlier in the week.
The coach also claimed Sanders walked through his team’s offensive warm-ups in one of the end zones as opposed to taking Jackson State’s route to the sideline. Along with attempting to run up the score in the final minute of the game instead of the team taking a knee.
“I’m going to always be respectful and respect the game,” Robinson said in his post-conference interview.
However, many people on social media to Robinson’s comment, “He ain’t SWAC. I’m SWAC, he ain’t SWAC” which was a shot at Sanders who never attended a SWAC school.
Robinson added in his press conference interview saying, “He’s in the conference, doing a great job, can’t knock that, got a great team, his son should be up for the Heisman Trophy, I love Shedeur, great player, I love what he’s doing for the conference. … But you’re not going to come here and disrespect me and my team and my school and then want a bro hug. Shake my hand and get the hell off.”
Sanders defended his pregame routine, saying he always runs around the field before NFL games and just so happened to arrive too late to greet Robinson before kickoff.
However, the NFL veteran did not take too lightly towards Robinson’s comments.
“I’m not one to come back the next day and you going to pick up the phone and you going to apologize and we straight,” Sanders said during his post game interview.
In 2021, Sanders led Jackson State to 12 consecutive SWAC wins and a league title while bringing national attention to the HBCU football overall.