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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: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 3:35 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

I can't believe the ignorance of some people. Yes, the kid did wrong and should be punished accordingly. But, Tressel should be punished more. He was an authority figure and he is supposed to be a role model to these children whether they are black or white, catholic or Jewish, rich or poor. This should not and can not become about race on the comment boards. I will wait to comment more about this when I see if Goodell takes action against tressel. I hope he does.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 3:30 pm
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Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 3:14 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

For those of you who think Pryor was given some special favor to enter the supplemental draft, think again.  The supplemental draft has always been intended for players whose college eligibilty significantly changes since the official draft.  Period.  It makes no difference what college rule they violated to become ineligible for college ball.  Pryor qualfies because he went from a 5-game suspension before the official draft to complete expulsion after the draft, meaning he was absolutely eligible for the supplemntal draft under the rules.  Goodell has absolutely no legal right or right under the CBA to suspend Pryor.  It's a total power grab by Goodell in an effort to preserve the indentured servitude known as the NCAA.

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:54 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

See what happens Roger when you try to bend the rules to help someone? The NFL had rules in place that did not qualify Pryor for this draft. You, allowed the rule to be broken in return for an agreed sacrifice from the player. That is where you went wrong. Some people just can not be trusted. Face it Roger, you were hood winked by a con artist just the same as the OSU fans. 

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:48 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

That's a very exhaustive and well thought out opinion, but I believe the key issue is that Pryor agreed to and was satisfied with his suspension, but then he, or his agent, or Davis, or any combination of them, saw Tressels' hire, and said, well, why should he be allowed to participate and not Pryor?
The worst transgressors in the world of college sports are the administrators and coaches who cheat and get off with a slap on the wrist or just take another job, The athletes never get off that easy. They pay whatever the full price is.
It would be nice to see everyone who participates in cheating be treated harshly but equally.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:45 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

rttj39.... A perfect example of another internet tough guy.... Say those words to Pryor's face or any other black man, and you would get the taste smacked out of your mouth....  just another internet punk.... 

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:35 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Terrelle Pryor is another example of an OVER-privileged athlete, who thinks that the rules don't apply to them. HE AGREED to the terms which allowed him to become draftable, yet now, he fights against them as if they were never disclosed to him. He agreed to those terms and if he had not agreed to them, then this would be a mute point. Pryor has skirted the system ever since he was a prospect back in High School. He has flaunted his abilities to get where he is and every time some impropriety has popped up, some judge or other "well meaning" authority has swept it under the rug, using the old "boys will be boys" type analogies that are always used in these cases. Reggie Bush is no different. Nor are the other over-priviledged athletes who have used their talents to skirt any type of meaningful punishment. The Oakland Raiders and their owner Al Davis, deserve Terrelle Pryor, as Al has been the constant pariah in the NFL anyway. I hope that they both fail, Pryor and Davis, "sorry Raiders fans its not your fault that you have a pariah as an owner". They were a match made in football "nightmare" heaven.

With regard to Jim Tressel, he cheated as well. The rules for his transgressions are not so clear. At least in the NFL hiring practices anyway. Yeah the NFL has to approve any hiring contract. Jim Tressel will eventually be allowed to coach or work in some capacity in the NFL. Whether for the Indianapolis Colts, or some other team. He will get off basically scot-free, other than perhaps a lifetime ban from the NCAA. In seeing what he has done and what Pryor has done, I would call him the far worse transgressor. He is supposed to know better, and as the HEAD coach, should have taken the road, which nowdays, seems to be the untravelled one, and just suspended the players involved. He should have just kicked Pryor off the team, and probably the other players also. Then this would be a non-story. He was the one in the seat of responsibility. He chose to turn a blind eye and ignore the infractions being committed by his players. He chose to try and sweep it under the rug, especially with regard to his "Star" player in Pryor.

The problem here though is how much power should Roger Goodell truly have when it comes to punishing players who are entering the sport in which he is the commissioner. As the figurehead for his sport, is it too much to give him power to suspend someone who wasn't yet in the realm of his control? I am pretty sure that he is overstepping his bounds. On the other hand, his wrath could and should be directed at the teams who hire these two individuals instead. He does have control over that, as he is the NFL Commissioner. Let the offenders be listed as undesireable to enter the league, instead of putting restrictions on them entering, which as we can see with Pryor, will be skirted anyway. I know that if I were a judge and Pryor or Tressel were to cry fowl, by not being able to enter the league, I would consider it fair justice, since they have behaved badly in the amateur arena; What would make me think that they can behave correctly in the professional one?  They are both a couple of rule-breaking, rule-skirting, the rules don't apply to me because I'm special type-a personalities. There has to be a system where they can't just break, and keep breaking, the rules and keep getting a new slate from which to work with. Both of these people, can't call them men, because real men would own up to their mistakes, instead of running away from the punishment, or trying to blame the system or both. These people keep believing that because they have talent, whether it is being able to get the most out of a player, or most out of your body to win football games, that they are immune to any type of punishment for breaking the rules set forth for their gainful employment or competitve status. The punishment should fit the crime, which for example, if you can't play by the rules, then you just can't play, at any level of the sport.

So since Pryor couldn't face his 5 game suspension in the NCAA, it should be transferred to the NFL, no questions asked, no appeals, no whining about how unfair it is to him. Especially in the face of the infractions that he has brought down on his alma mater, if you can call it that since he truly didn't care about them, only his selfish desire to play in the NFL anyway. Same should go for Tressel. If they chose to ban him for life or some indeterminate period in the NCAA, then his should extend into the NFL as well. The system never gets fixed until you level punishment that is so strong, that it deters the infractions in the first place. If you just slap them on the wrist, or smile and look the other way, which has been done with both of these people, Tressel and Pryor, then they will never get it. They will never realize that, "Oh look, the rules actually do apply to me also". Then maybe they will be sorry, but then again probably not, since they all seem to be narcissitic in the first place.

Just my thoughts on a sticky situation, which will never  truly be handled correctly, as the "special" people (Pryor, Tressel, Burriss, Vick, etc...), those who think that their talents should allow them to behave badly, act against the rules of their sports, and just be a total bane on society because of their "special" status as gifted individuals in the arena of sport.  

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:34 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Goddell is good for the NFL in part, but his suspensions need to become more even handed. Until they do he needs to learn to have more restraint with everything he does. The NFL needed to have a stronger stance on off field issue.  Britt and Talib should have been suspended, but were not, while others like Pryor are supended for issues outside of when he was in the NFL.  This is insane. Pryor should appeal the suspension, because he was not in the NFL and his issues would not considered illegal or against NFL rules.  For this reason he sould have been given a pass.

What Goddell needs to do it create NFL conduct rules which have set rules and penalities for breaking those rules.  This would allow players to understand what they need to do to stay out of trouble with the NFL and take away the subjectivity of his suspensions. Until this happens his suspensions will always be called into question. 

chevy98350 the reason guys like VIck get a second chance is they have talent.  Marinovich and Leaf never showed potential to win games.  Why should they get a second chance?  If you ran an NFL team would you give them a shot on your team?

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:30 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Wow! Reading these comments I am amazed at the "crucify him" mentality that is shown. Let's correct a few things, NOTHING illegal was done in the NCAA or the NFL by Pryor or Tressell. Do you understand ... NOTHING ILLEGAL! Now as far as punsihment for circumventing the rules, NO RULES WERE CIRCUMVENTED! Anyone has the right to apply for a position and it is up to the receiving entity to either allow such an application, deny it, or in this case, allow it upon certain conditions. Now here comes the interesting part. Is it legal to put punitive damages on someone you hire before that person has even worked for your oragnization? Does any organization have that power or authority? Therein lies the rub.

The easiest way for the league to avoid the potential PR fallout? Punish both parties in a manner than most people would deem fair.

We all agree (or many of us) that what Pryor did was wrong and what Tressell did not do was wrong. When you do something wrong there should be some sort of punisment, restitution, or Piper to pay. That is only fair. Unfortunately being fair does not always equate to being legal. If we did everything that a majority might seem as "being fair" our Rights would be in shambles.

I am far from a TP supporter - in my opinion the guy is a medioce football player at best. Jim Tressell was a good coach - more like Melba Toast - but had a decent football mind. If it were up to me I'd be buying burgers from TP and vacuum cleaners fro JT. Then I wouldn't have to continually read about the latest exploits of these two past OSU creeps.

Now that I've got that out of my system the fact remains that - no one has been maimed, shot, or killed (not even OSU's football program), nothing has been stolen, no wife or girl friend has been coveted, and as far as I can tell any damage done has been primarily to the principals, Pryor & Tressell, and that can be debated.

I hate to say it folks, but this looks like a job for Perry Mason - or his equivilent. Take your best guess what will happen then.

Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:28 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

I think this is a masterful move by Pryor to appeal his suspension after Jim Tressel gets a job with the Colts. If Tressel is going to be accepted with open arms by the NFL then so should Pryor. The crazy thing here is that everyone constantly says that Pryor cost Tressel his job when it is clear that OSU under Tressel had been violating NCAA rules long before Pryor even got there. Pryor was wrong for what he did and Tressel was wrong because he not only knew about it but initially lied to the NCAA about it. In the end it cost both of them their careers on the collegiate level and it should have been left at that. If the NCAA really wants to clean up its act (which it doesn't) they would go after the source of these problems and not the kids who simply partake in a system established by so called responsible adults. This is just proof positive that Goodell has too much authority and it needs to be scaled back significantly. The NFL has NO place punishing atheletes for things they've done while they weren't even a part of the NFL. Thats like your job suspending you without pay for something you did before they even hired you (ridiculous).

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