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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: 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.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:22 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

The only one to blame for this is the NFL. Pryor had no business to even be made eligible for the Supplemental Draft. If the NFL had stood their ground and declared him ineligible then we would not even be discussing this now. Pryor has no morals what so ever to have his lawyer say his is going to appeal the NFL decsion. The best thing that could happen is no one draft him to show him that he is not bigger than the game itself. I know he has a right to work but to play football in the NFL is a privilige not a right. Since he didnt finish college Im sure maybe McDonalds might hire him but any other job than that is to good for Pryor.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:18 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Was with you up until "dictatorship" as it's not a government.  Anyway, Pryor should simply enter the draft, see what happens, then file an appeal with the NFLPA.  The suspension is not warranted under the CBA and will be put on hold and then defeated by the NFLPA.  The lawyer is simply looking for cash before he becomes irrelevant.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:15 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. Pryor's lawyer should point out that Pete Carroll, who oversaw one of the most corrupt programs in recent memory, got to coach in the NFL without any sanctions.   

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:10 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

they should win this appeal...

I don't see the reason to suspend him...

Goodell does have all the power though...

Can't Wait!! for a decision on this one...

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:02 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Simple solution. Nobody draft him and let him sit until next season's regular draft.

Since: Nov 12, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:58 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

the issue is really about the NFL imposing their morals on pryor and what happened in college. they're way off base on this one and i hope pryor wins!!!

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:58 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Here is the deal, This dumbass kid has the right to work where ever he chooses, if he don't like the situation presented to him by the NFL then he should go find work else where. How can you appeal a labor union you don't even belong to? You do not have starting qb talent, you will never be a starter in the NFL, just go somewhere else, Canada might let you start.
   The mark of true intelligence is knowing your own limitations.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:53 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Pryor is stupid.  You hold up the draft for him so he can get down on his knees and and kiss Goodell's ass.  Then they let him in the NFL and thats not good enough either. Does he really think he will be a starter???  I think not.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:46 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

This kid's more problems than he's worth.  I assume some team, looks like the Browns, will take a chance on him.  That being said, the appeal is stupid.  He should be grateful that Goodell was so lenient.  He should have ruled him ineligible, which the NFL had every right to do, but he tried to sweep the whole thing under the rug with a slap on the wrist.   The five game suspension is nothing.  If he's selected he can still practice with his team and he most likely wouldn't have been in line for any playing time for the first five games anyway.

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