Blog Entry

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?

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:43 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

If you want the NFL to stop being an escape hatch, open it to only college graduates.  If players are in tough financial times, do what other students do, get a job when in school.  If the college that you chose does not allow scholorship athletes to work, find another school.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:40 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

I normally side with management on this kind of stuff, but this time I think it is probably not legal or right. The NFL should not be able to punish you for things you did when you were not an employee of the NFL. He was already punished by his previous employer to the extent they could punish him by firing him from their league. If you want to punish him more, then you simply deny his application for the draft while conducting your own investigation, and he loses the whole year, or hold a special supplemental draft fo him once all the facts are in, or after.

On the other hand, this is no punishment to anyone except the low life player as his new team would not expect him to start this year, much less in the first five games. Often suspensions seem to be more of a punishment to a team depending on that player to help them win. This one eh not so much, but I still think it sets a bad precedent and needs to be nipped in the butt right now.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:37 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

First of all it's not the lawyer who is percipitating the legal action but rather it is his client who has agreed that he would like to appeal the suspension.
The lawyr couldn't take the action without the go ahead by the client so I blame pryor for that.
Next if I'm the league, the minute I hear this I would send Pryor & his representatives a letter telling them that playing in the NFL is a priviledge not a right no matter what your pedigree is or what you've done preceeding any possible employment with a club within the league and that if he wishes to have the opportunity bestowed upon him as in hte priviledge of playing in the NFL he will abide by their decision.
Next, I don't see the big deal anyway because even if he is selected by a team he's not going to get into a game, not at QB within the first 5 games of his career and the suspension doesn't say "the first 5 games you're a starter" because he could very well not make it or could be a second team guy.
This kind of arrogance by Pryor is what lead him to commit the violations at OSU that he did, thinking he is special and above the rules and now thinking that he can somehow bargain with the league on the terms of his employment, he needs a wake up call BADLY it's just too bad that while he gets that wake up call he will be paid handsomely.
I don't see the NFL skill set in him but then again the same has been said of lots of potential NFL players when they came out of college just like the guys we all thinlk have it all and end up as busts he could end up having a decent career if he is with the right coaches and takes coaching & direction well.
The Commissioner should have a conversation with Pryor & his representative and tell them that if they wish to contest the suspension than perhaps maybe he should wait until next years actual draft instead of rewarding him by including h im in the supplemental draft as i'm sure it's fair to say that he had NO intention of serving his suspension with the NCAA and was going to declare for the supplemental draft even if Tressel wasn't fired.
Nothing says the league HAS to allow him into the supplemental draft, they can reverse their decision and tell him to wait until next year but then again they open themselves up for litigation where the lawyer will claim retaliation due to the possible litigation over the suspension.

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:35 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

I don't give a lick about Pryor, but this is a flagrant abuse of monopolistic power on the part of Goodell.  In any other industry, any employer would have the opportunity to consider collegiate misconduct in evaluating whether to hire an employee.  Here, Goodell is superceding the authority of employers by using his monopolistic power to enforce rules that are not within the purview of the NFL or the collective bargaining agreement.  Pryor has violated no rule pertaining to the NFL's conduct policy, making Goodell's actions illegal and tantamount to a dictatorship.

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:27 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

Seems like a lot of money is being spent on a guy who won't even make it in the NFL.  Lawyers, agents, pro days, who putting up all the money for this kid.  This is a seriously bad investment for these men who are suppose to be good at business.  I hope no one waste a pick on this loser.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:20 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 2:09 pm

Pryor's lawyer plans to appeal 5-game suspension

This kid is not going to make an NFL team, why worry about the suspension? LOL!

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or