pilar sanders*If you believe her, Deion Sanders’ wife, Pilar, says she found out that the former NFL star filed for divorce from reading abouty it at TMZ.

Larry Friedman, Pilar Sanders’ attorney tells TMZ that she was “heartbroken and surprised when [she] read … that Deion announced his decision, on his own, to end their marriage.”

“Pilar’s sole focus and top priority for the last 12.5 years has been her marriage and children. Based on recent discoveries, [Pilar] now realizes that Deion did not view their family the same way,” Friedman added.

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Friedman would not reveal any details about the “recent discoveries” he referred to.

Meanwhile, an adviser for Deion tells TMZ … the athlete’s original statement “speaks for itself” … adding:

“In the best interest of the children, he will not be discussing this matter any further in the media.”