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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: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:45 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

I don't understand the appeal. I guess he's looking at not getting paychecks for those games? I'm not sure that any team that drafted him would plan to play him in his first 5 games anyway would they? Seems to me that the appeal is all about money. He should be greatful just to be in the draft.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:34 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Well put!! SMU players went on to do very well in the NFL and one made it to the hall of fame this year!!!!   Dickerson was paid to play in college like the rest of his team Craig James was in the same backfield top two halfbacks in H.S.rankings that year  just one team from way back and its still happening now in numerous ways everywhere from H.S to college .  NFL is crazy no Roger you are !!!!!!!! You should take his hall of fame head statue out of Canton for five days for the decisions he made in college?

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:16 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Finally, Roger does something good! I'm an Ohio State fan and even I was absolutely disgusted that Pryor and the other players were even allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl last year with the "promise" that they would all come back next year and serve a 5 game suspension. Then surprise surprise Pryor leaves!!! Low and behold my Browns are interested in this clown so looks like I'm stuck with this loser! I was hoping they wouldn't even let him be part of the supplimental draft. He doesn't deserve it and doesn't even appreciate it. I'd say he should have to just work at Home Depot for the rest of his life, but that'd be an insult to the fine people at Home Depot! KUDOS ROGER for putting your foot down and sending a message to these kids that think they can do whatever they want and get away with it with no consequences!

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:11 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

You know what... I think the NFL should just tell him he's not welcome in the Supplimental Draft.  Let's not forget that nobody has the right to play football for the NFL.  It is a privilege given and withheld at the NFL's discretion. 

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:08 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Someone will draft him and pay him. His suspension will be appealed. He will win because Goodell has overstepped his bounds as Comissioner of the NFL. Most NCAA rules are stupid and need to be revamped. People being offered free goods as a general rule will take them if they are not breaking any laws. Pryor and these college kids are no different and are even more susceptible due to their youth. He may suck as a QB, but he can easily fill Receiver/QB role in the NFL ala Arnaz Battle and soon to be Tim Tebow. I know many grown men who have done worse. Everyone takes the moral high ground on these message boards when speaking about things like this even though it's been proven that these kids are really no different than most people who are out for themselves. You think any executive cares that you may be losing your job, if it means he can get better stock value and a bonus at the end of the year. Most everybody takes when it benefits them.

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:05 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

First off, this guy won't amount to anything in the NFL. Secondly, good for Goodell for the decision. It's about time these guys face some kind of punishment for college wrong-doings instead of just jetting and leaving the university holding the dirty bag. Colleges give these guys everything including the opportunity to move onto their next career and, while some of them are dirty themselves, not all deserve all the blame. Maybe this'll make guys like Pryor and Reggie Bush think twice before taking stuff they shouldn't.

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 4:05 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

How ungrateful is this guy?  Wow!  The NFL delayed the Supplemental Draft and THEN made an exeption to let him in!  And now he wants MORE!

I'm with Goodell 100% on this one.  If Pryor and his lawyer win this appeal the NFL should reevaluate the decision to let Pryor into the Supplemental Draft in the first place and then decide that he's not eligible after all.  Seems fair.

I was on Pryor's "side" earlier when I felt like the NFL was stringing him along and not saying whether or not he was in.  No more.

Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:27 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

This Dbag won't be crap in the NFL. I'd love to see Suh rip his head off.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:25 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension


That is where you are wrong he has not been punished. He played in his bowl game and was suppose to sit the first five games for Ohio State this year.  The only reason he can not play college football anymore is because Pryor went out and hired a agent which is what made him ineligible to play in college.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:23 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

So not only does Pryor not have standing as he has not been drafted yet while everybody else is out there sweating in August but he also thinks that once drafted. he will immediately start as quarterback in the NFL.  As an owner, I am going to want this guy on my team?  I dont think so.

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