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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: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:29 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Goodell needs to go.  He's a heavy handed bully who over reaches his bounds far too often.  At first, it was refreshing to see players getting suspended for committing crimes, but this is getting to be absurd.  Tagliabue was a businessman, Goodell is not.  He's an authoritarian, one that has been given entirely too much power.  His ego is now ruining a great league.

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:26 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Does anyone really give a shit what Charlie Batch says?

I think Goodell should suspend Pryor for the whole season, just for Pryor's stupidity. If it was agreed upon that Pryor would be suspended for 5 games this season if he entered the Supplemental Draft, why should he go back on his word and appeal the suspension?

I bet alot of you retards would say because he can.
I think Goodell should suspend him for the whole season because he can.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:13 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

It is a little unfair when the black athlete gets shat on while the coach who masterminded all the scum bag dealings in the last decade gets off free.  I don't think either should be suspended.  Its a different league. 

The NCAA is a bunch of throw-back 70's era members anyway.  If they were really out for the good of academics, about 60% of all athletes playing in college right now would be ineligible.   Picking on some while allowing the bigger picture to continue due to revenue and profits is a joke.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:12 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Tressel and Pryor have already been punished for their offenses at the level in which they occured (NCAA).  The NFL does not have jurisdiction over offenses that happen in the NCAA. 

College players are used by the NCAA in order to generate huge profits.  The players get full scholarships to attend and study in colleges where they would most likely not be admitted if they were not great athletes, but what they get is peanuts compared to the money the NCAAA makes.  This causes players to use the colleges and the NCAA as a stepping stone.  The players do not care about their education for the most part.  They just want to play and become draft elegible.  So of course they will take advantage by accepting offers by boosters.  They should stop glorifying them and take all the money out of the equation in order to get rid of these greed problems, but of course that is not going to happen.

So, Goodel should just stick to controlling what he can and leave the NCAA to control their own business.  The Pryor suspension should be nulled and Tressel should just be allowed to work with the Colts.

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 1:06 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

I think Goodells suspension of Pryor was a good thing. It sent a message to NCAA players everywhere that causing problems in college and skirting the NFL Drafts normal procedures will not be tolerated. I think he overstepped his reach, but I like the decision nonetheless.

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:59 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Austin Pearl... some say immature, some say stupid, some say simpleton moron. I say all the above with regards to you and your mental capacity for reality. People want Michael Vick to fail because of the way he is. Kind, gentle, caring individuals do not electrocute dogs for not performing well, set up rape cages, and put their dogs in rings to fight to death or near death. Some people do not buy his "miracle" turn around since it was forced that he do so or never make another dime playing football. Sure he says the right things but a tiger doesnt change his stripes. I love dogs and what he did makes me sick, but that doesnt mean I dont like seeing him on the football field. I love football, and football is more enjoyable to watch with Vick on top of his game on a good team. His talents are off the charts and I love watching him play, whether he is a dog killer or mass African orphan adopter. This isnt about Michael Vick though. This is about Pryor and how incredibly stupid, self absorbed, and ungrateful he is. He cannot keep his word if his life depended on it.. Sure Coach Tressel, I promise you if u let me play in the Sugar Bowl that I will return for my senior season and accept my 5 game suspension with a smile on my face. Sure Commish, Ill gladly serve my 5 game suspension, thanks for letting me in the NFL this year considering I skirted the entire system to get in when I wanted and not when I promised my coach and teamates at OSU. Wait, the man I essentially got fired from a $3.5 million per year dream job has a crap position for an NFL team.. He isnt suspended yet? I gotta appeal it now so the Commish either repeals my suspension or suspends coach for same number of games.. or he will do nothing and take more criticism from the media and NFLPA for being unfair.
I am a huge OSU fan. Pryor is our Reggie Bush except he could never bring OSU a national championship. What he did wasnt terribly wrong (tats for merch... except selling his gold pants... for real? Cares nothing of Ohio State pride) but I would rather see Vick succeed in the NFL than see Pryor take one snap in a meaningful game. Pryor cannot even speak broken english well. He is never going to be able to learn and master a NFL playbook. 3-4 years and out of the NFL Pryor goes.

Wanting people to fail because of their cruelty to animals or thier complete stupidity and disregard for rules and ethics is complely different than being a racist and wanting them to fair because of their skin color. And if you are going with the race card why arent you including other black QBs... I dont see many rooting against Donovan McNabb.. David Garrard, Jason Campbell. Many are rooting against SCam Newtion thought,. Nope... not because he is black but because his father openly shopped him around in a pay for play scheme and he didnt get suspended and nothing happened to him. And what was his reward for this? Winning a BCS championship. So yeah, people love when karma comes back and makes things right. So thats why people want these people to fail. Beause they have earned it based on their actions.

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:49 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

The dumb assed commissioner better wake up and wake up real fast. He's setting himself up for a catastrophe. With as many problematic players you have today at the collegiate level, if you don't treat ALL OF THEM the same way you're treating Pryor when they come into the league, then you will spend more time in a courtroom than you will in your own bedroom. And will college athletes being college athletes, I'm sure they will be into doing more dumb, illegal stuff than you can shake a stick at. You'll have to suspend them, too, when they come knocking at your door. So commissioner Dumb Ass, before you to putting on that NCAA sheriff's hat, you had better know what the job entails. Elsewise, keep your nose out of business that don't concern you, and sherriff the NFL only, because that's what you're paid to do, DUMB ASS!!

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:44 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

So let me get this straight......the NFL let TP in the supp draft with the condition of a 5 game suspension.   He accpeted that,  said he wouldn't appeal the suspension and entered the draft,  her got drafted but now wants to appeal the suspension???

Two Options

1) give him a 10 game suspension just for being so stupid (does this kid's word mean anything at all anymore?)

2) void his draft and he can try again next year

Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:43 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

The nfl is not the ncaa and the players where stupid to give godell this power , he did not suspend talib or britt because their offenses happened during the lock out and if he suspended them , then they could have taken him to court , in which the goodell would have LOST big time , what a schmuk. He is the almost as BAD for the game of football as selig is for baseball

Since: Apr 21, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:36 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Pryor broke a rule but what rule did he break? He sold personal belongings for cash. He likely did more than that but is he the problem or is the college football culture the problem? I would contend that Tressel was a bigger problem than Pryor or those other players that sold the items. Concealing these types of violations made the problem much bigger, and reeks of ethical issues beyond the game of football. You want a scandal, cover it up. You want to admit fault and move on, don't cover it up.

I agree the NFL needs to protect the interests of college football with respect to rules. However, the decision to allow Pryor into the NFL has already happened. Pryor has every right to appeal his suspension or at least challenge the ability of Tressel to work in the NFL at the same rate as Pryor. If I were in the commissioner of the NFL I would be more concerned with Tressel being unethical and lying about these types of rules infractions. This wasn't the first time this happened.

I'm not suggesting Tressel is a bad guy. Contrary to that, but we must expect leaders to lead by example by upholding the rules they preach.

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