Sanders signed a four-year deal worth $1.2 million over three years in 2020. That’s an average of $300,000 per year.
Constance Schwartz-Morini is the co-founder of SMAC Entertainment which represents Sanders. She said the budget for the project was tapped out. She suggested Sanders make up the difference by donating a quarter of his salary.
“This is your legacy we’re talking about,” Schwartz-Morini told Sanders.
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Sanders said he wanted to up his donation to half of his salary to make sure the facility is ready a month before the season starts.
Sanders’ target date for completion is Aug. 4. Jackson State will open the season against Florida A&M on Sept. 4 in Miami.
“I’ll put more than that on it. I’ll put half on it to get this done,” Sanders said. “If you don’t believe me, check me. I will send you the receipts.”