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Rosenhaus says Pryor won't appeal suspension

Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:37 am
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Depending on who you’re talking to at the time, Terrelle Pryor is either going to appeal his five-game suspension handed down by Roger Goodell or … he’s not going to appeal his five-game suspension handed down by Roger Goodell.

Pryor's Journey to Oakland
During his Pro Day, Pryor’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he wouldn’t appeal the decision, but during an interview on the Monday Night Football telecast, Pryor said he would proceed however Raiders owner Al Davis wanted him to proceed (meaning if Davis said to appeal it, he would).

But now Rosenhaus wants to set the record straight, telling ESPN that Pryor will NOT appeal the suspension. Of course, that’s easy for Rosenhaus to say considering Pryor hasn’t signed a contract yet -- or even been out to Oakland to meet with his new bosses.

Yet, you could envision this leading to a sticky situation.

If Davis -- or CEO Amy Trask -- wants Pryor to appeal, what does he do? Blow off his boss or upset his mega-agent? And where does the NFLPA stand on the issue? What happens if Davis wants him to appeal and Pryor refuses, based on what Rosenhaus has said? Could Pryor go to the NFLPA for help in not appealing a suspension, and could the union protect him from Davis in that way?

I don’t know, but it’d one hell of a (hypothetical and, yes, far-fetched) conundrum that could get mighty interesting to watch.

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Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:47 am

Rosenhaus says Pryor won't appeal suspension

Even if Goodell has "Bud Light" Selig on speed dial, Bud is more of an owner's rep because he used to be an owner himself. That plus Bud is spineless when it comes to what the owners say versus what the MLBPA says. Goodell has been somewhat fair in the past, but I do think he has tried in some ways to emulate "Bud Light".

As for the NFLPA, I think that they should challenge all out of the ordinary rulings as you have said. I don't think that Terelle should get a pass, but then again, I don't think that Goodell should have let him in the league until next season either. Pryor is just a spoiled athlete who feels entitled to play because he has always been allowed to skirt the rules of every school and team he has played for.

In my opinion, it doesn't seem to do any good to punish the school for infractions against the NCAA codes of conduct and their rules of eligibility. I think that the NCAA needs to go after the agents' and former players' paychecks to enforce their rules. If the players had to forfeit part of their paychecks and the agents had to do the same, then it would be a whole different ballgame. As for the agents, I feel that they should lose all of their commision to the school for cheating the system and then be banned from any college campus for 10 years on their first offense and life after their second offense. I think that the schools could continue to monitor complience in-house, then report to the NCAA on any infractions. Then the NCAA should, as I said, go after the player who has fallen from grace and their now huge payday, in most but not all cases, exacting some form of punishment that would teach these whiney little snot-nosed punks that they are NOT above the law. And if they lost up to say 50% of that big huge payday that they have reaped from cheating the system, then so be it. I also think that if the NCAA were able to do that and get the money to recoup their losses from the former players (cheaters), then the money which is recouped, should go into the general scholarship fund at each school, with none of that money going to any athletic scholarships. There are plenty of good students who could use that money to further their educations that would not be a drain on the school's good name by dragging it through the mud and tarnishing its image.

In the cases which involve boosters, I feel that the school should be able to go after them, just like they should in the case of agents and players. Boosters who are caught breaking the rules should be banned from having ANY contact with the school for 10 years first offense and banned for life on a second offense. As for the players who are involved, they should also be banned from any campus activity for that same 10 year period, or in cases where thy are involved in multiple infractions, banned for life. The only way that people will ever take the NCAA seriously again is to enact some kind of punishment like this for future rule breakers.

As for Pryor, I feel that in the best interest of the NFL, if he were to appeal or have the NFLPA appeal it for him, then his suspension should be extended to double the penalty if is appeal is not accepted. If it is, then he should have to forfeit some of his paycheck to tOSU for the damage hs has done to their reputaion. As much as it hurt me to say that as a Michigan fan. Since Pryor has not signed a contract, not has he been paid any money by any NFL entity, his appeal should not be allowed to take place with any representation from the NFLPA anyway, as he is still in that transitional stage. IF he appeals it, it should have to be done at his expense, before he signs, and at his own cost, again with no assisstance from the NFLPA.

Nuf Ced!       

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:13 am

The NFLPA will make Pryor appeal his suspension

Good call on the NFLPA.  Even if it's morally wrong, they have to challenge the suspension as a matter of leverage and positioning.  Really, every time Goodell punishes any player outside of the agreement, the NFLPA should challenge it.  Goodell is supposed to represent both sides.  Instead, he looks more and more like a tool for the owners every day.  I'm guessing Goodell has Bud Selig on speed dial.  

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