Deion Sanders and the "Jesus Discount"

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  1. Mike McK

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    Why didn't I think of this?


    Monday, July 14

    Former Cowboy sued over auto repair bill

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    Associated Press


    DALLAS -- A judge listened to testimony Monday and is expected to rule soon whether former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders owes money to a body shop for work done on his vintage 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible.


    State District Judge Joe Cox took the case under advisement after the one-day trial, said court administrator Donna Bouthton.


    The owner of the repair shop said Sanders wanted to pay only $1,500 of the $4,265.57 bill, saying that Jesus had informed him that was all he needed to pay.


    "It's the 'Praise Jesus' discount,'' attorney Ed Edson told The Dallas Morning News in Monday's editions.


    Edson said he has been trying to collect the bill from Sanders since 2001 on behalf of Phil Compton, the owner of the car repair business.


    Through court filings, the player says the accusations are untrue. Sanders was in the courtroom Monday but did not testify.


    Anthony Montoya, a representative for Sanders, had contacted Compton and told him the convertible needed to be towed to his shop for repairs. The car had been repaired before by Compton.


    Papers filed in his lawsuit stated that he and his mechanics installed a new radiator and thermostat, flushed the engine, repaired the car's electrical system and gauges, replaced the starter motor, removed contaminated fuel and rebuilt the carburetor. Mechanics for Magrathea Inc., Compton's company, had replaced gaskets and hoses.


    Sanders had approved and Montoya had approved all the repairs, according to the lawsuit. But when the car was returned to the CBS sportscaster's home in Plano on Nov. 5, 2001, Compton said Pilar Sanders, the former Cowboy's wife, "answered the door, took the keys and invoices, started the car to make sure it was working and went back into the locked house, refusing to return the keys or invoices.''


    Sanders' bodyguards and housekeepers then moved their cars in front of and behind the Lincoln so that it couldn't be towed back to the garage, the lawsuit stated.


    When Sanders drove up, he refused to pay the invoice amount, handing Compton a $1,500 check and saying, "Praise Jesus ... I follow what in my heart I'm told to pay.''


    You gotta love those Word of Faith folks.
     
  2. ScottEmerson

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    Wouldn't it be best to give Sanders the benefit of the doubt? The facts are that it took two years before he was sued. There is no proof that he said the Jesus quote.

    Let us not jump to conclusions here.
     
  3. Baptist Believer

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    On the local news this evening they reported that the judge found in favor of Jesus (and Mr. Sanders).


    :eek: :rolleyes:
     
  4. John Wells

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    Where's the article? I'm an FSU (where Dion played college football) and Jesus fan! :D
     
  5. ScottEmerson

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    ESPN just reported that the judge ruled that Deion paid the amount that he agreed to pay. It seems that the auto mechanic was trying to get more money out of his rich client, then used Sanders' Christianity to cast doubt on him.
     
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    Obviously if the judge ruled in favor of Sanders, then there was sufficient proof that the repair shop was lying. Big surprise there. I was thinking as I read the original post about what he had done to the car, the amount the repair shop said the bill came to seemed a little steep. I was thinking at the most it should have only cost $2000... and only because it was a vintage car.

    We need to be careful when posting something like this, because apparently at the time that article was written, no decision had been made in the case... therefore, Sanders is "supposed" to be innocent until proven guilty. As Christians, benefit of the doubt should have been given to Sanders since the suit was still in court. But by posting that, someone may have read it... assumed he said those things and was guilty... and may not come back and read that he was in fact found innocent. That comes real close to gossip.
     
  7. Bro. Curtis

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    I thought somebody may have started a thread on this, but didn't find it until after I started mine in the sports forum.

    I guess Jesus didn't tell me.
     
  8. Grasshopper

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    Seem to remember from my college days that if you accept the money, you lose the right to go after more even if it is what is owed. The guy should have never accepted the check. Assuming of course he was owed more.
     
  9. dianetavegia

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    This doesn't sound like a $4,265.00 bill to me. I think this company either overcharges or just figured they'd get more from a celebrity.

    I've had plenty of car repairs over the years... and this sure seems WAY too high. Any mechanics out there?

    Diane
     

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