Deion Sanders was one of the most dynamic players ever seen in the NFL, earning a bid to the league's Hall of Fame. Now, his daughter Deiondra is attempting to make a name for herself in the sports world by joining the new Bikini Basketball Association.
Here is the news from Kristian Dyer of Yahoo Sports:
…Featuring several former professional basketball players including some who have played in the WNBA and overseas, the league is a bit of a misnomer as the players wear shorts and sports bras and not actual bathing suits.
Still, it amounts to a little more material than Deion’s famous bandanna he’d wear on his head on game day. And even though Deiondra's father was known for his flamboyant personality including gold chains and exuberant touchdown dances, his daughter's signing with the league didn’t originally sit well with dear old dad.
“My dad was kind of upset, but that’s like any parent who just sees bikini league,” Deiondra told Jeff Sammut of 590 The Fan in Toronto. “He thought I was gonna be out there in a bikini. He [saw] a picture of our uniform and stuff like that, so I think once he saw that we’re actually covered up a little bit, he wasn’t as concerned.”
Deiondra hopes that playing in the league will put her in prime-time position for her career and for being a “positive voice.” She will play for the Atlanta Peaches.
Sanders’ daughter also took a shot at the Lingerie Football League during the interview. As its name suggests, the LFL actually features women playing football in lingerie. She sees differences between the Bikini Basketball League and the Lingerie Football League beyond the wardrobe choices.
“I just think that it’s a lot different because we actually do have players, real basketball players, that actually have played in the WNBA before,” Sanders said. “So I think that this will make a difference because people are really gonna see real-life hoopers. They just look good while doing it.”
If Deiondra is half as entertaining as her father, this is a great find for the upstart league.
Pictures via @deiondrasanders