Deion Sanders has strong response to Xavier Smith's comments on Colorado football exit

Apr 27, 2024; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders during a spring game
Apr 27, 2024; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders during a spring game / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders isn't sure why Xavier Smith's exit from the Colorado football program was the topic du jour in the aftermath of the Buffs' Black and Gold spring game on April 27.

Sanders, while speaking on Thee Pregame Show, pondered aloud why The Athletic's Max Olson had Smith spill the beans about the program despite not being a member of the team for nearly a year at this point.

“This is what’s strange to me," Sanders prefaced before saying, "That great weekend with the (spring) game. with the festivities, great recruiting weekend, million recruits up there that can flat-out, play and change the complexity of your program. And right after that, somebody goes and finds a young brother. They talk about another brother and. Is that okay? How’s that okay? You go and find somebody that bad mouths us that ain’t been with us. Why aren’t you talking about the team you’re with or the team you’re getting ready to go to?

"And how can this gentleman not know that you’re being used? Because now you’re going to get used again. Now the fans getting ready to jump on you, and you ain’t built like that mentally and emotionally. You’re not prepared for that onslaught. So you got to be careful with that. And, that’s the sad thing about it. You’re not built for that kind of stuff, man. Like, don’t don’t do that."

Deion Sanders continued to pile on former Colorado football players he dismissed and others defending them

Calling out Smith's emotional fragility continued Sanders' onslaught against the former players who've spoken out against the way he dismissed them from the University of Colorado's football team.

Sanders may have belittled Smith's Austin Peay teammate, Jaheim Ward, by posting the caption "Lawd Jesus" on a quote-tweet of his stats. It's likely that it was a shot at Ward based on how Sanders just eviscerated Smith.

Then of course there was Sanders asking a random poster where his son would be going after the poster said Shedeur Sanders isn't a top-five 2025 NFL draft pick.

Coach Prime's strong words to former players aren't popular with everyone, but he has every right to address players how he wants. Freedom of speech and all.

Let's just hope future recruits don't take it the wrong way.