JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Jackson State coach Deion Sanders has banned his players from leaving the team hotel while they are in Houston for Saturday’s game against Texas Southern after rapper Takeoff was fatally shot in the city early Tuesday.
Houston police say the 28-year-old member of the Grammy-nominated Migos trio was killed around 2:30 a.m. An argument had broken out among a group of 40 people leaving a party at a downtown bowling alley, police said.
In a Youtube video of a team meeting, Sanders told his undefeated team that family and friends were due to visit the JSU hotel this weekend. Going forward, the Hall of Fame cornerback added that this means players can’t associate with some of the same friends and women they used to hang out with.
“You’re not who you were a year ago, you’re not even who you’re going to be a year from now, which is a blessing,” Sanders said. “But you can’t keep doing the things you’ve always done and expect to get results. We will have to change. »
The coach acknowledged Takeoff’s death in a dice game and asked his team to pray for the families. Sanders added that he was sick of people “who have influence over you (who) constantly leave us. … This saves you all from leaving this hotel because it won’t happen until I give you a new notice.
Jackson State (8-0, 5-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference) leads the East Division and is ranked ninth in the football championship subdivision. The Tigers have won eight in a row entering the game against Texas Southern (4-4, 3-2).
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