Deion Sanders insists ... he never laid a finger on his estranged wife Pilar during a nuclear argument in their Texas mansion Monday -- telling TMZ, "I would never touch a woman. That's not me."
Deion -- who's in NYC for the NFL Draft with his two sons -- told us the citation he received for simple assault this week is BS ... because he "never did that stuff."
As we previously reported, cops in Prosper, TX issued Deion a ticket for misdemeanor simple assault for his role in Monday's altercation -- when Pilar allegedly jumped him in his bedroom ... "kicking, biting, and scratching" him in front of his sons.
Deion has insisted from the beginning -- he never harmed Pilar, and only "defended" himself until he was able to call police.
Pilar was arrested for domestic violence. An emergency protective order was also issued against her, banning her from the ex-couple's home.