Jackson State’s Deion Sanders and Alabama State’s Eddie Robinson Jr. may have created a serious rivalry after they had a heated interaction at midfield on Saturday after the Tigers’ 26-12 win over the Hornets.
Sanders and Jackson State picked up their 12th consecutive win in the SWAC and as the former NFL star went to meet Robinson for the postgame handshake, things got crazy as Robinson put his hand on Sanders’ chest and then ripped his hand away and walked back toward his locker room. Sanders was stunned by the interaction, asking what was going on.
Robinson didn’t appear to take too kindly to Sanders’ comments before the game and he took issue with Sanders not greeting him before the game.
The following day, Sanders, who always has a camera crew following him, shared video of him walking on the field Saturday and Alabama State players disrespecting him.
Robinson said he was “living on the shoulders of the SWAC” and suggested that Sanders wasn’t living up to the standards.
“He ain’t SWAC. I’m SWAC, he ain’t SWAC,” Robinson said, via ESPN. “He’s in the conference, doing a great job, can’t knock that, got a great team, his son should be up for the Heisman Trophy, I love Shedeur, great player, I love what he’s doing for the conference…. But you’re not going to come here and disrespect me and my team and my school and then want a bro hug. Shake my hand and get the hell off.”
Sanders fired back.
“I’m not one to come back the next day and you going to pick up the phone and you going to apologize and we straight,” he said. “No, not whatsoever. You meant that mess. And one of the comments that kind of disturbed me out of all the comments, that I’m not SWAC. Who is? I got time today. Who is SWAC if I ain’t SWAC? Who is SWAC if I ain’t SWAC?”
Jackson State improved to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 in the SWAC. Alabama State fell to 3-3 and 1-2 in the conference.