Dez Bryant, Deion Sanders at odds

UNDATED (KTRE) - Former NFL player Deion Sanders criticized former Lufkin Panther Dez Bryant in a radio interview Friday, according to an article posted on

The former mentor of Bryant said he has not spoken to Bryant in months, because he was concerned Bryant could be a negative influence on Sanders' youth program. Bryant told that he believed Sanders cut off talking to him because Bryant backed out of a shoe deal with Under Armour, a company which outfits Sanders' youth athletic programs.

Sanders told The Ben & Skin Show that he was not surprised about Bryant receiving a criminal trespass warning at a Dallas mall on Saturday.

"He needs help. He needs help," Sanders said, according to the article. "I told the Cowboys from Day One that he needs help. Matter of fact, they have a team in place to help him. But you cannot tell a grown man what to do."

According to police, officers asked the Bryant and three friends to pull up their trousers. Bryant launched into a profanity-laced tirade that prompted the officers to escort the four from the mall.

Bryant said he is no longer interested in a relationship with Sanders, but does want a face-to-face conversation with the hall-of-famer.

"It bothers me more than anything," Bryant was quoted as saying in the article. "I've looked up to Deion my whole life. I've never done anything wrong to him."

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