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Deion Sanders: NIL Creating Player Behavior Problems

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Former NFL defensive back Deion Sanders, who is now head coach of the Jackson State football team, thinks the NCAA’s new NIL rules are leading to player behavior problems.

In a post on Twitter, which included a video, Sanders states, “@NCAA YOU HAVE A PROBLEM! I’m trying to help before it blows up in your face. Money Makes You More Of Who You Really Are. Now think about that for a minute. God bless u all.”

"When you start paying athletes like they're professionals, you get athletes acting like they're professionals," Sanders said in the video. "And you don't have staffs large enough and equipped enough to handle a young man with money. Let me go deeper. Handle a young man that's making more money than some of the coaches on staff." 


Sanders suggests the NCAA deal with issue by adding more football staff.

"I suggest to you to allow college teams to hire more qualified men. Qualified. That can handle these young men that's getting this money," said Sanders.

Sanders said that Jackson State, which is a smaller school, can’t compete with the amount of money Power 5 schools are paying.

"See, with the NIL, which really ain't NIL because it ain't no name, image, and likeness, it's just pay-per view right now," Sanders said. "That's what they're doing at the big boys, little boys we can't compete with that. But anyway, you've got a problem,"

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