Jackson State football has once again been impacted by the city’s longstanding water issues and Deion Sanders wants the state’s most prominent political figures to collectively address the situation.
In a video posted on YouTube, Sanders implored Gov. Tate Reeves and Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba to “huddle up” and help alleviate issues with the city’s water service.
“My wonderful governor and our beloved mayor in Jackson, Mississippi, I need y’all to come together, said the JSU coach. “We have a plethora of people that desire to help bring solvency to this problem. We just need to get together guys, you guys got to huddle up.”
Sanders recorded the video shortly after he explained that the football facility had experienced water pressure issues following a water main break on Thursday.
The coach, whose team was forced off campus earlier this season at the height of the city’s water crisis, said the mayor and governor needed to put their differences aside.
Reeves in a statement blamed Jackson’s water crisis on “absolute and total incompetence” of Lumumba and the city administration.
Lumumba, in response, said he and Reeves had to come together and find a solution to the city’s water situation.
“I hadn’t been in love with every darn teammate I’ve ever had or all coaches,” said Sanders. “But some way or another, we put our differences aside and huddle up, and we broke that huddle to go execute that play. We were on one accord because we had to win. We had to win. You both got to win. You got to win with the people.”