According to the Detroit Free Press, the former Detroit Lions star filed the paperwork in Oakland Circuit County Court on Friday.
The newspaper stated that a “breakdown in martial relations” took place between the couple and is one of the reasons for the split.
Sanders is seeking joint custody of the couple’s three boys, ages 10, 8 and 4. Sanders has another son, Stanford running back recruit Barry Jr., from a previous relationship.
Sanders and his wife were married in November 2000 in a private ceremony, one year after his out of the blue retirement from the NFL. Lauren was a weekend news anchor at Detroit’s NBC affiliate as well as a former model.
Sanders played for the Detroit Lions for 10 years and finishing his career as the second all-time leading rusher in NFL history.
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