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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: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:27 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

It's pretty funny that you bash Pryor for being "incredibly stupid, self-absorbed and ungrateful". You are the same fan who cheered Pryor and the rest of the cheating players and coaches on in last years Sugar Bowl. It's pretty funny that no one is bashing the University, Coach Tress or the other 5 players that were involved in receiving illegal benefits. Pryor was the face of the OU program and in my opinion it's the coach and university that should weather all the blame here. OSU was made aware of the infractions before the Sugar Bowl and chose to allow the players to play in order to secure the payday for 2010. Then OSU hands down a suspension of these players for the following season of 5 games. As time went on and more scandals were revealed, turns out that OSU, the Buckeye fans wanted ONLY Pryor to pay the price and no one else. Remember that Pryor was deemed "ineligible" by the University for the entire season and was banned from any contact with the school or program which is a much stiffer penalty than the original 5 games. Had Pryor been told that he was being suspended for the entire season, his decision to turn pro would have been made long before the supplemental draft option. It all starts from the top and OSU didn't want to lose out on a mega payday last year when the allegations first surfaced. As we all know now, Tressell was made aware of the allegations in 2009 and he did nothing but hide them from the university in one of the most embarrassing and stupid moves of all time by a national powerhouse such as OSU. OSU made millions of dollars of Pryor's name, jersey sales and him being the face of the football program. Tressell made millions of dollars coaching these guys up and Pryor, well he gets nothing for his services to OSU except for the backsides of all you so called OSU fans and alumni. Shame on all of you and anyone who thinks that Pryor doesnt
deserve a fair shot at a career in the NFL. Roger Goddell has no valid reason to enforce the 5 game suspension Pryor received from OSU in 2010 nor does he have any reason to stop Tressel from taking the position with the colts. Your opinions on Pryor, Vick and Bush are comical at best.

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:23 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

No integrity, no character! That sums up Pryor since high school. He is the poster child for narcissism. Loves himself and thinks everyone else should love him. Reallity will soon become a bitter companion for this kid.


Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:20 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Come on Rog; be a man and cut Pryor's suspension to maybe 1 game. What the hell did he do to the NFL during his employment @ Ohio State? Nothing that concerns you Lord Goodell. Go back to your New York ivory tower and continue to come up with stupid decisions that are slowly eroding your game.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:09 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

"Where was Ryan Leaf`s second chance? Where was Todd Marinovich`s second chance? "

Bad players in the NFL rarely get 2nd chances. Ryan Leaf - was BAD. Not he Michael Jackson Bad ... I mean horrible bad - "10 week old garbage in the hot sun" bad. Marinovich was a habitual drug user - Ricky Williams style, only he couldn't stop. He had his 2nd chances. He was kicked from the NFL from failing his THIRD - yeah that's right - THIRD drug test. Yeah he had 3 chances to get his act together. THEN he got a chance in the Canadian footabbl league (another chance to redeem himself) - but got hurt. So then he was able to re-enter the NFL (hey, lookie here, another chance) - tried out for a few teams but got hurt again. I'm just saying - can't agrue that he got his chances. It's just VERY unfortunate that he got hurt trying to come back. But that still doesn't erase the fact that he CONTINUED to still use drugs even during this time. It PROBABLY would have been a matter of time before he was busted again for drugs and kicked from the NFL, yet agin.

Vick was not bad - but he also was not great either. But this is his second chance. If Vick was as bad as Ryan Leaf - I doubt he's be in the league right now.

So you are right, it has nothing to do with race, but your examples are not comparable.

Pryor has not had his chance yet in the NFL - so give it time. Will he fall or will he rise. Only time will tell.

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:08 pm
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Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 2:03 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Wow.  I've never liked Tressel, and enjoyed watching his downfall.
That being said Pryor just threw him under the bus.  For a kid who says he loved his coach, and would do anything for him this sure isn't the way to show it.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:58 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Oh course, if Pryor does receive a harsher sentence than Tressel, I believe Mr. Rosenhaus can immediately pursue Terrelle's Civil Rights Act violation lawsuit against the NFL for racial discrimination.  Once again, Roger Goodell paints himself into a corner while the world laughs at him.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:45 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

"Why do all these racist haters want black quarterbacks like Terrelle Pryor and Michael Vick to fail? I'll tell you why: most of the racist caucasians are just jealous that a young African American makes more money than them."

Where was Ryan Leaf`s second chance? Where was Todd Marinovich`s second chance? Those 2 didn`t run and finace an illegel dog fighting ring. Race has nothing to do with this. Ignorant people always want to use the "race" card, whenever they feel their hero is being picked on.

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:37 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

The NFL needs to make a clear cut policy that all college players can understand. It should contain all violations(while in college) that can lead to suspension after being drafted or signing into the NFL(on all levels, players and management). I was around for the 70s, kids use to get suspended for poor academic preformace quite abit.

The pryor suspension was premature, with no policyies in place. If the NFL wants be the NCAA, then they should buy the NCAA. Ignore this if they already have, and we just don't know yet.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:37 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Pryor broke a rule but what rule did he break? 
An NCAA rule and as far as I know Roger Goodell isn't on any infractions committee. I love that Roger didn't have the foresight to see that the OSU staff is going to be looking for work and the first place they will look is the NFL, since they are pariahs in the NCAA for the immediate future. With all the media scrutiny the Pryor case has garnered, anyone associated with the former OSU staff that finds work in the NFL will be met with these questions as they should be. In retrospect, I don't think the current NFL players or administration would appreciate very much any suspensions doled out by the NCAA for rules broken in college, and now enforced in the NFL, sans the current Miami debacle. But, that is the line Goodell is trying to, or did, cross. Pryor should utilize the Dez Bryant case as a current example. If they want to help create an environment that is NCAA rule friendly, write it into the CBA or bylaws, but you can't punish retroactively or on the fly. There are way to many players that have cheated or been associated with a dirty program to start picking and choosing now without any concrete procedures or qualifications as to who meets and does not meet the criteria for punishment. These are the problems with having a "decider" like Goodell that is judge, jury, and enforcer. Too many gray areas. 

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