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Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2011 4:47 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Thursday, the league declared former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor eligible for the supplemental draft, but with the caveat that he must serve a five-game suspension should he sign with an NFL team. Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, originally backed the decision imposed by commissioner Roger Goodell.

On Friday, Pryor's lawyer, David Cornwell, appearing on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike, sounded like someone who had plans to -- you guessed it -- appeal Goodell's decision.

“[Goodell] indicated that we have the right to appeal within three days after Terrelle signs an NFL contract, and given some of the developments both in reaching the decision and comments out of the [NFL Players Association] regarding the decision, I think it’s likely that we will file an appeal, and give the Players Association an opportunity to make it’s objections to this on the record,” Cornwell said, according wire reports

This assumes, of course, that Pryor will be drafted on August 22. Surely, someone in Pryor's camp must have those assurances because the timing of Cornwall's announcement could scare off potential suitors (and who knows, it still might).

The bigger issue is (and we seem to be saying this all the time) Goodell's role in all this. As's Mike Freeman wrote Thursday, the league would like to discipline NFL players who run afoul of NCAA rules, and the decision to suspend Pryor for five games was Goodell's way of circumventing the current guidelines that prevent that.

"What Roger Goodell did in suspending Pryor is get the NCAA's back. The NFL and NCAA both feel that players are breaking rules on the college level thinking they can use the NFL as an escape hatch. The NFL wants to stop that mentality. What Goodell did was also send a message to the union. If you won't work with us on this, then I'll use the commissioner power to make the decisions myself."

PFT's Mike Florio echoes many of the sentiments Freeman laid out: "If the NFLPA lets this one slide, then the NFL will try in the future to take similar action when a former college player who has gotten himself in trouble with the NCAA wants to play pro football."

Not surprisingly, the players are concerned, too. "I know players are concerned about the message this sends," said Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, a member of the players' executive committee. "Granted, making this 'deal' was an individual decision made by a player with counsel from his agent and lawyer. They have every right to make whatever deal they want for his personal future. That being said, the general concern now is how far into Pandora's box this may go."

And that's the problem.

Next up: seeing which teams are impressed enough with Pryor's workout to draft him. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot writes that the Browns will be on hand for Pryor's Saturday pro day. Also worth mentioning: in June, the Browns were already doing their due dliigence on Pryor. We think it's safe to say that they like him. Just at what cost?

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Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:13 am

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

I could be wrong here but it seems the league (Goodell) wants to discipline DRAFTEES..incoming players from college...NOT current players.  Why would anybody see a problem with the NFL sending a message to the NCAA footballers that they are being watched and better not "run afoul" in college? Seems like a win win to me.  

your in eight
Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:59 am
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Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:54 am

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Ok whether you like pryor or not, i'm a Penn st fan. if you suspend him then all the Miami players playing now that are part of that jackasses payout sohuld get 5 games and Reggie Bush and so on and so forth.

Pryor is attempting to escape a suspension much like a convicted felon would flee the country in order to escape a sentencing. None of those players you listed were suspended while enrolled in college, prior to the NFL draft or supplemental draft in Pryor's case, without serving their suspensions (that I'm aware of.) Is there a statute of limitations for then college athletes, now in the NFL? Yes and no. Did those USC and Miami players jump bail? Perhaps. Do people get away with committing crimes every day? We all know they do. 

The system isn't perfect or expeditious but when found guilty, while enrolled in school, the player(s) should be held accountable and "do their time" if you will. The players now in professional athletics that were later found guilty of college violations should be stripped of their titles and awards. Example: Reggie Bush no longer has that Heisman Trophy Award. I would agree that penalties could be even steeper, such as heavy fines that are donated to charities...

The more important issues are better monitoring and discovering the violations before college programs turn into the likes of SMU. How does a collegiate sports program run dirty for 8 years and nobody takes notice? One day you're wearing Levis and a t-shirt. The next day it's a 3-piece, taylored Armani. The suit fell from the sky? "Wow Bob, that new Lexus GS 460 makes that old 92' Toyota Tercel you drove yesterday look shameful. You must have put in some overtime at the Bling Bling Ca Ching Car Wash last summer." 


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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 9:04 am
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Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 8:17 am

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Pryor sold pants he owed.  That's it.  Ever sell anything?  LOL!

Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 7:14 am

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

With all due respect to TitansFan's legal opinion, I think the important point here is that the NFL, who clearly uses the NCAA as a free minor league training and feeder source, should support and encourage the NCAA rules and help with their enforcement.  Most of us are tired of seeing schools and current players and coaches being punished for the action of others who have moved elsewhere with complete impunity when the penalties come down.  

I'm all for the NCAA cleaning up the rule book and making it simple enough for even a high school graduate to understand, and then with predefined penalties for specific violations for players, coaches and schools.  Granted the NCAA is the judge, jury and appeal board all rolled into one, but even our screwed up legal system has a clearer system of law enforcement.  Ya know, kind of like, "don't do the crime it you don't want to do the time."  
But hey, that's just my silly opinion, sort of like I think the federal tax laws are a bit too complicated for the average taxpaper too, so what do I know?

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:45 am


I am neither pro-players nor pro-owners.  Nor am I anti-Goodell.  But what a public relations disaster Goodell is proving to be.  What is the point in the Pryor suspension (note: I am also not a Buckeye fan)?  Whomever selects him Monday is not likely to play him in an important role, if at all, during the first 5 games of the season, so what exactly does Goodell accomplish? Nothing except, of course, additional ammunition for those who believe he is more interested in making his mark on the NFL as opposed to doing what is actually in the best interests of the NFL.  Being an attorney myself, Mr. Goodell reminds me of a judge who wears the robe so all may see it, as opposed to respecting the position of weight that it carries.  Again, I am absolutely not anti-commissioner; I just simply don't understand his logic at all.  Fortunately, for the regular NFL fan, which includes me, a deal is in place and hopefully his impact will fade.  Hopefully. 

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:41 am

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Oh gee what a pity... an athlete forced to own up to his responsibilities.  Better nip this in the bud, it may force atheltes to turn into men.  Can't have that now.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: August 20, 2011 12:53 am

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Why not just accept your suspension, let someone draft you, and shut your fool mouth.  You are in the passenger seat right now.  Be happy with what ever happens, and take it from there.  Now is not the time to make waves!

Since: Jun 2, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 12:28 am

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Bad pub and a black eye = OSU

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