After the tragic events that led to the rapper’s death, a former NFL star turned college coach is taking no chances with his charges as they prepare for a game in Texas.
Deion Sanders bans Jackson State players from leaving hotel
As we now know, rapper and Migos member Takeoff was shot and killed Tuesday morning in Houston. A young entertainer’s life was snuffed out after what appeared to be a dispute during a game of dice. To be clear, there have been very few details about what actually happened and why, however, what remains certain is that a young man sadly lost his life. Following Takeoff’s death – his real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball – there has understandably been a wide range of responses. From the outpouring of grief and condolences, to the recognition of his talent. Still, there’s one former NFL star who has taken the tragedy to heart now that he’s a college coach.
Former 49ers cornerback Deion Sanders is now the man in charge at Jackson State, and after Takeoff’s death, the two-time Super Bowl champion made it clear he has no intention of letting his players leave his hotel while on the road in Houston. Currently on the road for a game against Texas Southern, the Tigers’ coach has clearly put his foot down when it comes to his players’ freedoms. Sanders made it clear to the team that they would not be allowed to leave the hotel except for the game itself, so any visitors they wanted to receive would have to come to the hotel itself.
What did Deion Sanders say about Takeoff’s death?
When asked about his decision after Takeoff’s murder, the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year was clear about where he stood and why. “Takeoff was killed in a dice game in Houston,” Sanders said. “Where are we going. So that eliminates you from leaving the hotel, because it won’t happen until I give you further notice. Whatever his name is, whoever he is, the parents and all of them will come to the hotel to visit you. Because not all of you will leave.” Jackson State is now atop the SWAC standings at 5-0, while Texas Southern is 4-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
After Takeoff’s death, a number of famous athletes expressed their grief over the terrible event. Perhaps the most fitting message, however, was from fellow artist Juice Wayne who tweeted a heartfelt lament about the senseless violence we are witnessing today. “Fly, man… Offset lost a brother that he’ll never be able to make things right with. For nothing. Quavo lost his nephew. For nothing. Rap has lost a good one. For nothing. Aall this bloodshed. For nothing. It will never make sense. Never ever. Rest in peace. Prayers to the families of those killed.”