Dez Bryant worries Deion Sanders

Updated: July 12, 2011, 7:35 PM ET
ESPNDallas.com

Hall of Fame electee Deion Sanders used to mentor Dallas Cowboys recevier Dez Bryant, but he cut ties in March and continues to worry about the young player.

"Everybody is. I think the Dallas Cowboys are more concerned than I am," Sanders told WCNN sports radio in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Sanders had said that Bryant had lied to him when he decided to stop working with the 22-year-old. That came on the heels of Bryant having a run-in with police at a Texas shopping mall. Bryant also found his name in court over unpaid jewelry bills.

"It's hard to talk to a person when they have millions, man, because there is so much noise in their life," Sanders said on the radio station. "Everybody around them is employed and they have 'yes men.' You gotta start hiring a 'no man.' "

Bryant's college career at Oklahoma State was cut short because he had contact with Sanders that ran afoul of NCAA regulations. In his first training camp with the Cowboys, Bryant refused to carry Roy Williams' pads, leading to another controversy.

Still, Sanders stuck with him, until the former Cowboy said he thought Bryant would negatively influence children in his youth program.

"I had to cut my umbilical cord with him because a lot of things people do not know about. I'm trying to open schools and get these kids prepared for the future, and I can't have that on my record saying that: 'How am I going to send my kids to your school, and this is what you are turning out over here?' " Sanders told the radio station. "No, I am not turning that out over there. ... I love (Bryant). I see him from time to time. I pray for him, but as a unit we had to separate."

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