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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 PFT.com source, the league must give the OK before all hires become official.

Yahoo.com'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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Comments

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Stop, your turning this into a black white thing..thats sad. Is that all ya ever got. What about Crit, what about the jailblazer with the drugs, or the cheap fuck who beat up his weed dealer..One thing in common..stupid, and keepn it real.  The bottom line...ya may have grown up bad,but ya made it..if you choose to be a stupid f-k then you get what you deserve. Yes there are white guys that are stupid also, but Im sure it is 3 or 4 to one on the other side.............you argument is just as racist as you really are.



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Whoever the idiot who said the NFL bended the rules to make Pryor eligible is a moron.


Damn antihomefanbias!!  An idiot and moron would say bended. I actually was using sarcasim, when I said "bend the rules". Sarcasim.... It isn't for everyone!!!  Perhaps you were being sarcastic in using  premadonna (just for the record, Blondie among others was Pre Madonna)? The word is actually prima donna. People who live in glass houses..... should wear pants!!  And, not throw make believe rocks.



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:10 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Epozz, you sure did go on a long diatribe there... to not make some kind of valid point in the end... When did Vick, Burress and Pryor ever say they weren't wrong in doing what they did? I have heard all 3 of them admit what they did was not only wrong but selfi
sh as well in various interviews... To a man... all 3 of these guys also said they would handle each situation differently if they could go back and change the series of events that almost lead to the destruction of their respective careers as athletes. Not exactly the sick habitual lies and denial coming from say... Roger Clemons and Barry Bonds. The next time you decide to tear into "OVER-priviledged athletes"... please do some homework so at least part of what you're saying is based in fact. The one thing that Vick, Burress and Pryor all definitely have in common is... they all grew up poor, in a single parent household. Hmmm... now I'm not a Sociologist or a Psychologist for that matter but maybe we should start there to get a better understanding of how these young men developed their decision making acumen as they transitioned into becoming responsible adults. By the way... Terrelle Pryor hasn't been a "man" all that long. He's been a man legally for all of 2 1/2 years... So he was basically a kid when he made the worst career altering mistake of his life. As a matter of fact... I don't know too many people who had the wisdom of Soloman two years into adulthood. So let's stop all the athlete hero worship for a minute and accept the fact that yes... even blue chip athletes will make mistakes and when they do... yes... in some cases the punishment will be fair and in some cases it won't. Originally, Pryor decided not to appeal Fuhrer Goodell's suspension. I suspect in part to honor the promise he made to Tressel not to make himself eligible for this years draft after playing in the Sugar Bowl. However, whats good for the goose is also good for the gander. So from both a legal and an ethical standpoint, if Tressel gets to collect an NFL paycheck week 1 when he too did some things wrong, as you acknowledged, why shouldn't T.P. be able to collect his money from day one as well. This whole situation wreaks of the obvious double standard that exists in the NFL, where player punishments and back office personnel punishments are concerned. But I don't have a problem with that. What concerns me is people who mask their disdain for young rich non-conforming black athletes as hatred for what they did when the reality is you hate who they are. I read posts like these all the time and the dead give away is when every athlete named in the post has the same skin color... BUSTED!!! A fair post would also name a few white athletes who have had their share of legal troubles as well such as: Matt Jones (Cocaine), Joba Chamberlain (DUI) or Teddy Dupay (banned from college basketball for failing drug tests multiple times, accused rapist, convicted felon) I'm jus sayin...



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

as far as Tressel goes, once again the coach walked away..sure he lost his gig, but he got his cash, I guarantee he did. Now he gets a gig with the colts and in a year or two he gets a new gig..Kinda like the POS at kentucky, he kills programs and then l;eave b4 the go down...what a pos he is..but he never skips a beat. The sad part is Tressel covered for an ingreat, a kid who is a f-king dumb ass. Wait til his stupid ass has to get a real job and he finds out..nobody cares about what ya did yesterday..................



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Epozz, you sure did go on a long diatribe there... to not make some kind of valid point in the end... When did Vick, Burress and Pryor ever say they weren't wrong in doing what they did? I have heard all 3 of them admit what they did was not only wrong but selfi
sh as well in various interviews... To a man... all 3 of these guys also said they would handle each situation differently if they could go back and change the series of events that almost lead to the destruction of their respective careers as athletes. Not exactly the sick habitual lies and denial coming from say... Roger Clemons and Barry Bonds. The next time you decide to tear into "OVER-priviledged athletes"... please do some homework so at least part of what you're saying is based in fact. The one thing that Vick, Burress and Pryor all definitely have in common is... they all grew up poor, in a single parent household. Hmmm... now I'm not a Sociologist or a Psychologist for that matter but maybe we should start there to get a better understanding of how these young men developed their decision making acumen as they transitioned into becoming responsible adults. By the way... Terrelle Pryor hasn't been a "man" all that long. He's been a man legally for all of 2 1/2 years... So he was basically a kid when he made the worst career altering mistake of his life. As a matter of fact... I don't know too many people who had the wisdom of Soloman two years into adulthood. So let's stop all the athlete hero worship for a minute and accept the fact that yes... even blue chip athletes will make mistakes and when they do... yes... in some cases the punishment will be fair and in some cases it won't. Originally, Pryor decided not to appeal Fuhrer Goodell's suspension. I suspect in part to honor the promise he made to Tressel not to make himself eligible for this years draft after playing in the Sugar Bowl. However, whats good for the goose is also good for the gander. So from both a legal and an ethical standpoint, if Tressel gets to collect an NFL paycheck week 1 when he too did some things wrong, as you acknowledged, why shouldn't T.P. be able to collect his money from day one as well. This whole situation wreaks of the obvious double standard that exists in the NFL, where player punishments and back office personnel punishments are concerned. But I don't have a problem with that. What concerns me is people who mask their disdain for young rich non-conforming black athletes as hatred for what they did when the reality is you hate who they are. I read posts like these all the time and the dead give away is when every athlete named in the post has the same skin color... BUSTED!!! A fair post would also name a few white athletes who have had their share of legal troubles as well such as: Matt Jones (Cocaine), Joba Chamberlain (DUI) or Teddy Dupay (banned from college basketball, accused rapist, convicted felon) I'm jus sayin...



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

This could get ugly.  Perhaps I'm one of few, but I like Goodell handling of things.  The stooges in the NFL need a pappy to chasten them.  I agree that the NFL should back up its feeder organizations.  However, I think Pryor has a case here and Goodell is going to look bad if he doesn't overturn Pryor's suspension.  Perhaps he couldn't punish Britt and company because they were covered by the NFLPA.  Pryor wasn't then, but is now.  I hope Pryor doesn't get hurt by doing what I think he as a legit case concerning.




Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Boy this kid dosent get it......................the sad part is I hope he saves his money, cause he will be gone in 2 years.  Goodell is totally wrong and has no basis for this, but the kid made a deal to get in the draft..a privlege, not a right. Now he got what he wanted and once again, the stupid f-k is doing the wrong thing.  You dont mess with the man, and ya just renig on a deal. Even if he wins ..he loses. Plus the dip shit cant play to begin with. God, great ed ucation from "the" university...sad the kid is a real dirtball



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

C'mon Entity,  The reason a player can enter the Supplemental draft is if they become ineligible to play for their college team.  He was eligible after sitting out the 5 games.  He quit, 6 weeks prior to what you refer to as complete expulsion!! Pryor said on June 7th, "In the best interest of my teammates, I have made the decision to forgo my senior year of football at The Ohio State University,". So, I guess any underclassman that does not file for the regular draft can wait till that draft is over and then quit the team? And, dont give me the crap about OSU writing the letter in late July. He and his shady attorney asked for that letter in return for him not cooperating with the NCAA. He was given "Special Favors", by everyone, since High School. Had Pryor been eligible.... why didn't he schedule his pro day earlier?  Why did he and Rosenhaus agree to the suspension if there is no legal right? Rosenhaus has a law degree from Duke (as I guess you have one from somewhere). If there was no legal right, why would Rosenhaus agree and then announce they wont appeal it? Pryor and his representitives are all scum.




Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

and how is what you say any different??



Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 3:47 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Whoever the idiot who said the NFL bended the rules to make Pryor eligible is a moron.  He's an underclassmen who hired a sports agent.  That makes him ineligible.  He fit the rules to a "T".  The BS that happened was the NFL making up rules on the fly to block Pryor from the supplemental draft until he was forced to tell them what they wanted to hear whether it was true or not.

Pryor is a premadonna fool who probably isn't good enough to play in the NFL but the NFL overstepped their boundaries upholding another billion dollar corporation's penalties.  If the NFL had equal competition they wouldnt have even considered suspending Pryor.  While it's nice that we get to watch all the greatest football talent play on sundays the league needs to recognize that it should be grateful with all the tax breaks and law exclusions to proceed as is and not have a god complex.

The NFL should worry about enforcing its own policies. 


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