- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PROSPER, TEXAS (AP) - Much like his playing days, Deion Sanders‘ tumultuous marriage has had no shortage of flash and drama: A reality television show, a divorce arrangement in which the couple still lived together and now, misdemeanor assault charges.

Police said late Tuesday that the former Dallas Cowboys star was cited for misdemeanor simple assault in the wake of an altercation with his estranged wife, Pilar, that got her arrested Monday at their mansion in the Dallas suburb of Prosper.

The Hall of Famer had tweeted Monday that she attacked him, and he even posted a photo of his children filling out police reports. He later removed the photo and posted a new message about joy.

Police said further investigation led to a charge also being filed against the football star, though it didn’t warrant his arrest. Prosper police spokesman Celso Martinez wouldn’t detail the allegations, but said the charge covers any act considered aggressive and could be as simple as touching or defensively jerking away from someone’s grip. It carries a fine of up to $500.

A message left with Deion Sanders‘ attorney by The Associated Press wasn’t immediately returned.

A day after Pilar was arrested, Deion had removed the tweeted photo. He also tweeted a different message: “Joy came this morning and we opened the door and let Joy in.”

Pilar Sanders, who was charged with misdemeanor assault and held overnight in county jail, was released Tuesday. Standing outside Collin County Jail, she said she was being treated unfairly.

“I’m a full-time mom, 100 percent for my children,” she said, her voice breaking. “And I just haven’t been given a fair shake.”

Her husband, known as “Prime Time” during his Hall of Fame playing career, is an icon in the Dallas area for spending five seasons as a cornerback with the Cowboys.

Deion and Pilar Sanders have been living in the same home in Prosper, months after Deion filed for divorce in December. Deion’s attorney, Rick Robertson, has said both had separate living areas within the large home.

After the alleged attack Monday, Deion tweeted that his children “just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room. She’s going to jail (and) I’m pressing charges!”

The Sanders’ divorce file is under seal and a judge has placed both sides under a gag order.

Earlier Tuesday, before police announced the charge against Deion, Robertson said he didn’t see the tweets as a violation of that order because the alleged attack was a separate issue.

“The assault action that occurred was a criminal action that also constitutes family violence,” he said. “Pilar Sanders was arrested for that and jailed.”

A magistrate judge ordered her Tuesday to stay away from their home for 60 days. The judge also barred her from threatening or harassing her husband, KTVT-TV reported.

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