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Deion Sanders calls daughter Shelomi's transfer portal decision 'stupid'

IMG_6598by:Nick Kosko04/18/24


Deion Sanders, Colorado BOLD Recruiting Strategy | 04.18.24

Deion Sanders was pretty blunt when reacting to his daughter Shelomi Sanders entering the transfer portal.

His daughter played for the Colorado women’s basketball team but entered the portal earlier this month. Coach Prime would’ve preferred his daughter go in the portal if she knew where she was going to go.

He explained on DNVR Sports.

“Which was stupid,” Sanders said in response to his daughter entering the portal. “You get a team. You gotta get a team before you get in the portal. You know, that’s what I would advise. (And everyone says) ‘oh it’s illegal.’ C’mon man. Everybody knows somebody that knows somebody that knows somebody. You kind of want them to do something and she has been truly advised.” 

Once Shelomi Sanders entered the portal, Deion was asked if that indicated he and his family weren’t long for Boulder.

Quarterback Shedeur Sanders has one year left and is expected to be a high draft pick in 2025. Coach Prime isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so he says.

“You got to understand, I’m a father man,” Sanders said. “I’m a real father, a real man, I’m a real dad. Where I come from, historically, kids follow their parents. When do parents start following the kids? That don’t work in my book, that don’t work where I’m from. I’m the leader of the family. So I’ve been dictating where my kids go, not them dictating where I go. I’m happy, I’m cool, I’m sound in Boulder. I love it 100% and we’re going to build a monument. 

“You know those mountains (that overlook) the stadium? I want my head on one of those (mountains).”

Shelomi Sanders has three years of eligibility remaining at whatever destination she finds suitable.

“My time at Colorado has been a treat with amazing experiences along the way,” she wrote. “With intentional consideration and prayer, I have decided to enter the transfer portal with three years of eligibility left. Boulder will forever hold a special place in my heart and I will never forget the memories I have had the opportunity to make since being here. Thank you again Buff Nation!”

Sanders started her college career at Jackson State but made the move to Boulder when Deion took the head coaching gig for the football team. She’s played seven combined games over two seasons.

There’s been no indication of her next destination or if she will return to Colorado.