You can call Deion Sanders a lot of things, but don’t just use his first name. He’s likely to walk out in a huff.

Sanders has received a ton of credit and many accolades throughout his career. He has played in Super Bowls and Pro Bowls, doing press the entire time. Jackson State University’s head coach received a ton of attention recently, and it didn’t happen on the gridiron.

During an exchange at SWAC Media Day in Birmingham, a very awkward moment went down. Sanders checked a reporter for calling him “Deion,” and then he walked out.

A reporter for the Clarion-Ledger named Nick Suss spoke to Sanders, but the former NFL player clapped back. He didn’t like being referred to by only his first name.

“You don’t call Nick Saban, ‘Nick. Don’t call me Deion. If you call Nick, ‘Nick,’ you’ll get cussed out on the spot, so don’t do that to me. Treat me like Nick.”

Then he called him “Deion” once more. This is when the JSU Coach reportedly got up and walked out. Suss later backed up his actions to explain his side of the story after having such a bad exchange with Sanders.

“When I interview people, I call them by their first name. Whether it’s someone I’ve been working with for years or someone I’m talking to for the first time. This is true of the coaches and players on the Ole Miss beat, the coaches and players at Mississippi State and Southern Miss when I help out covering their teams and, as recently as January, even Sanders, too.”

This was quite a power move, but Sanders certainly made his point. Now people will probably be very careful how they refer to him from now on. His reputation certainly proceeds itself at this juncture.

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H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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