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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: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:16 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

No one is questioning Pryor's right to appeal the suspension he has the right but that doesn't mean he'll win.  Goodell is out to make somebody the poster child for what happens when you behave badly at the college level and think running to the NFL excuses the discipline imposed.  Pryor is going to be a project for whatever team drafts him, he's not going to be an every down quarterback at the next level and he needs to get that through his head.  Note to Pryor, don't be another Maurice Clarett, get drafted serve your penalty grow up and have a good career.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 9:08 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

This is nonsense for Pryor to be suspended. Whatever transgressions Pryor committed when playing college football should have no repercussion in the NFL. I do not see how "GOD"ell could punish him for something when he wsnt in the league, a member of the NFLPA or even a proplayer. What Pryor did was violate the rules associted with amuteur athletes. His penalty was 5 games at the amateur level then Prytor hired an agent which meant he was no longeer allowed to be considered an amateur. This is the commisioners way of being an extension of the NCAA. Does Goodell now suspend Reggie Bush for what he did in college and with Pete Carroll? This is just nonsense.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:32 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

There MUST be someone with NFL clout who wants Pryor. I don't believe they would  have made the exception if one of the other suspended players were in this situation. I just wonder if he wins the lawsuit and gets drafted as a WR, will he hold out until he gets to play QB? I think that would be a very long holdout, but he seems the type who would do it.(basing my opinion on what I have read- never met the guy).

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 8:24 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

He can't play college football because he choose to not play.  He was suspended for five games, not for the season.
Actually, he can't play college football anymore because he's signed with an agent, and Ohio State has informed him that he's banned from the Athletic Dept. for the next five years.

Meanwhile, he's not even drafted, and he's already causing trouble? This is not exactly the message you want to be sending prospective teams.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 7:35 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Pryor has already been punished - he can't play college football anymore. Thats the extent of it. 

He can't play college football because he choose to not play.  He was suspended for five games, not for the season.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 7:19 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Why doesnt he just take the 5 game suspension? Reality is he wont play in the first 5 game anyway, atleast he could study the play book, get in playing shape, and practice well thats if he can but still. Does he and his lawyer really think that hell get drafted and that team will start him from week 1? Come on now, this dude is an idiot..

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 7:08 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

He wouldn`t cooperate with NCAA officials in DUHHohiostateuniversity investigation, everyone know he was involved with the rules violations. Being drafted this close to the start of the season, he`ll just be a spectator for his new team anyway. So, he should take his suspension, and spend that time studying the playbook... but after all I`ve neard about him, he`ll probably find another part of his body to tattoo...

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 6:42 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

i think this is  agreat example and it is about time..a player can break every rule in NCAA then just go pro and suffer zero consequences ..and now there are people who say that is wrong?..are you kidding me..this idiot has been pampered from the age of 8 and finally someone has the guts to tell him it end snow..and if CLEVE drafts this moron he will be a wr in 2 years if he is lucky ..but why would he and his people just continue to make stupid moves?..shut up take your punishment that you earned and go wherever who takes you and work hard ..stop being a pain in the arse..what is wrong with OSU players ? clarett tried this road and what did it get him?...

Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2011 6:40 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Really Pryor Camp...?! Shut the hell up and take the suspension, like a kid taking a punishment for doing something wrong that he was caught doing!! Your lucky your eligible for the supplemental Draft too you cheater!! Your making quite a name for yourself without even making it on a NFL team yet...

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 6:33 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Terrelle Cryer strikes again.

First of all, what team in their right mind would actually draft this excuse of a QB?  Why draft a QB who can't pass?

Second, like he would actually see any playing time if some team did waste a pick on him those first 5 games.

Third, an example needs to be set.  You can't escape to the NFL to avoid punishment, no matter how little bit of manhood you have.

Wherever he goes, it will be a pay cut for him.  His best option would be to return to Columbus... the Destroyers, that is.  Or do they still have a team?      

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