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Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Posted on: September 4, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: September 4, 2011 11:52 am

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrelle Pryor has notified the NFL and the NFL Player's Association that he intends to appeal the five-game suspension handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell as part of the league's decision to allow Pryor to be eligible for the supplemental draft last month, the NFL Network's Albert Breer is reporting.

If nothing else, you have to appreciate the timing. On Friday, the Colts hired Jim Tressel, Pryor's coach at Ohio State before a scandal led to Pryor leaving school and Tressel resigning, as a game-day consultant. The problem: the move was made without the approval of the league office, and according to a source, the league must give the OK before all hires become official.'s Doug Farrar tweeted Sunday morning that it was a "Smart decision by Pryor and his people to appeal five-game suspension now. NFL has to address Tressel, change the [suspension], or REALLY look bad."

As we found out with the lockout, these things are as much about right and wrong as they are about winning the public relations battle. Then again, Goodell has shown in the past that he's willing to make unpopular decisions. Steelers backup quarterback and longtime Pryor mentor, Charlie Batch, recently told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Goodell has too much power.

"He took it to another level when he said he was going to suspend Terrelle Pryor for five games and he wasn't even in the NFL last year," he said. "How can you do that? It's not right. It's not right at all."

Pryor's Journey to Oakland

Players have also taken issue with Goodell arbitrarily meting out punishment, perhaps none more vocal in recent years than Batch's teammate, linebacker James Harrison. (More proof that there appears to be no method to Goodell's perceived madness: he didn't suspend Kenny Britt or Aqib Talib for serious and persistent offseason incidents.)

Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said on August 24 that Pryor would not appeal the suspension. Clearly, that has changed.

Now, in addition to the Tressel situation, the league will also have to deal with Pryor appealing his five-game suspension. As for the former, PFT's Mike Florio notes that it's not a question of if the NFL will allow Tressel to work for the Colts, but when.

"In Tressel’s case, the league faces a tricky decision," Florio wrote Saturday. "Notions of fairness and consistency require the league to treat Tressel, who resigned from Ohio State under duress after admitting that he failed to share with the NCAA information regarding activities that jeopardized the eligibility of Pryor and other players, the same way that it treated Pryor. By delaying Tressel’s entry to the NFL, the league would be bolstering the perception that overt favors are now being done for the curators of the free farm system.

"The question doesn’t become relevant until the Colts submit Tressel’s contract for approval by the league office. It hasn’t happened yet. Once it does, Tressel’s fate will be in the Commissioner’s hands."

The easiest way for the league to avoid the potential PR fallout? Punish both parties in a manner than most people would deem fair. History suggests that Goodell doesn't fully understand that dynamic. Or maybe he does and he doesn't care. Either way, the commissioner now has two more things on his to-do list with the start of the season less than a week away.

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Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 5:30 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

NFL is to the NCAA as the Cayman Islands are to Wall Street.

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 5:21 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

I'm not a fan of Goodell. But, I do agree with the Pryor suspension. His situation is unique, in that he accepted terms of punishment as means to play in the Sugar Bowl, then, essentially, tried to use the NFL as a safe haven to avoid punishment. Most players and coaches are long gone into the NFL before they're implicated in anything. We'll see what happens when Tressel's contract comes before the commish.

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 5:20 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Yes he misses practice and is basically not part of the team for the 5 games. As for tressel they(colts) have not submitted the contract to the league office for approval yet which is why nothing as far a JT being suspended has been done. Once it is put in the league office and given to goodell something will be done. Why people are making a big deal of the league doing nothing is foolish. as far as they are conceerned JT does not work in the NFL as of right now until they get the paperwork

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 5:08 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Gotta say Pryor's reps (he didn't think of this on his own) have a point about Tressel. How does JT get away with no NFL sanctions while Pryor serves a five game suspension? Tressel was at least an accessory to Pryor's misdeeds by failing to report them when he had full knowledge of what was going on.

But this is America - rarely, if ever, do white collar corporate heads (and Tressel fits the mold) do time. Simply look to Wall Street in our recent history.


Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:52 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

well said@entity. 

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:46 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Um, real quick, but does this 5 game suspension include missing practice? Cause if so, I'd understand appealing, but if not, why bother. It's not like Pryor will play at all in those five games.
if he's suspended, he doesn't get paid. Losing 5 games is losing almost a third of his annual salary. So that may have something to do with it as well...

Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:39 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

your basic premise is illogical.  With your logic you are saying that their should be a marriage between nfl and amatuer athletics.  Should their also be a marriage between private industry and adjacent college institution.  If you get punished by a educational institution should you then be prevented from earning a living in the private sector. Where does it end? If Pryor wants to play Arena football should he be suspended for that.  Is their a difference between NFL and arena football or CFL?  Where do you draw the line? The Nfl has a blatant double standard and Pryor is exposing them.  Coach takes advantage of a system that profits from amatuers and get rich.  If coach breaks rules he can leave with millions in his pocket and go work in private industry and make more millions. If an amatuer athlete breaks rules he is then prevented from earning a living in his profession upon leaving college.  Even though amatuer athlete has made everybody around him a lot of money over years of playing for free, he should have another barrier to prevent him from reaping the benefits of his talent. If college football wants to become the minor leagues of the nfl then their needs to be some compensation paid to all parties involved.  For some reason their is a segment of this populaton that believe that the worker (football player) should have less rights than management (coaches, and owners).  I don't get this train of thought, because a majority of the people who feel this way are themselves workers, and not part of management.  It is very clear that some average workers are jealous of above average workers (athletes) because they feel they get paid too much. Management gets less scrutiny because most workers are used to being abused by management.  Then we wonder why people in general do not get paid thier fair market value, because even when someone has talent and bargaining power he is then undermined by his fellow worker because of jealousy.  Workers everywhere needs to be united and stop being like crabs in a bucket.

Since: Feb 4, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:31 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Um, real quick, but does this 5 game suspension include missing practice? Cause if so, I'd understand appealing, but if not, why bother. It's not like Pryor will play at all in those five games. He's trying to be a quarterback, when the Raiders already have two quarterbacks ahead of him. Not to mention he had an extremely late start at preseason, which basically means he has no idea how this offense is run, not good for someone who needs to know that. But then if the suspension includes practice, then yeah, appeal it. He needs to know that offense soon (since they really don't have the greatest quarterbacks in the world playing for them right now).

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:20 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

and how is what you say any different??


See there antihomefanbias!!  Lukens get's it. My point and yours were about the same.  By the way lukens034.  CBS gave you a -4 on that post.  I gave it an I Love it rating to push it to a solid 09!  CBS is a joke with their scoring????     

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:16 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

First of all, I am a SEC fan and not too high on the Big 10 and, especially Ohio State.  Both Pryor and Tressel are guilty, but Pryor is a very young and, possibly, a very impressionalble young man.  Tressel on the other hand is much older and less impressionalbe; therefore, his penalty should be much more severe than Pryors's.  If Pryor got a 5 game suspension, Tressel should have gotten at least 10 games.

The NFL is at fault here for not punishing Tressel, especially since they punished Pryor.  This is not the first time the NFL has shown a double standard.  They allowed Pete Carroll to get a very high paying head coaching position with the Seattle Seahawks.  He was a crook at USC and, to me, worst than Reggie Bush, who had to give back his Heisman.  I have to have some belief that both Tressel and Carroll knew about Bush and Pryor's transgressions.

The NFL has gotten so big that they are a little too holy and, sometimes, misuses its power.  Case in point, they have gone overboard protecting QB's while they let other players take a beating.  Especially so with all the concussions suffered.  One would think a better helmet could be built to both protect the brain and the neck.

Suspend Tressel if you suspended Pryor.  Besides, I think he has more money socked away than Pryor.

Hopefully, both coaches and players will stay away from temptation and stop the cheating.  It won't happen, but I would hope it would slow down and, at least, be cut in half.

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