WHAT WOULD JESUS PAY? According to AP, Deion Sanders, aka “Prime Time”, the cornerback formerly with the Dallas Cowboys (and Falcons and 49ers and Redskins), blanched at a $4,265.57 repair bill for his 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible:
The owner of the repair shop says 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.
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Anthony Montoya, a representative for Sanders, had contacted Compton and told him a 1961 Lincoln Continental 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.”
Wonder if Deion tries this with the IRS?
UPDATE (10:54 PM): Sanders won the suit.