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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: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Greg, the reason JT hasn't apologized, from

what I am hearing, is there is still a lot more going on behind the scenes--like him doing what he was told whether it's from the OSU administration or the FBI on their investigation....word coming out is pointing to JT not being as dirty as people want to think...we will see....



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

thats bull suspend tressel equally then he had no right to suspend pryor in the first place..... and he is not lucky for being let in have u ever looked at the history of the suplemental draft there are people that did way worse things thatn trade their jersey for a tatoo.




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

there is no way goddell is going to lessen the suspension for pryor, becuase if they do it would set a bad precednet, as players that face a ncaa suspenion that may be a junior, and get handed a suspesion that would carry over into the next season, would go, i'll just do what pryor did, and again pryor was not suspended for his actions at osu, it was because he did circument the rules of the nfl supplenmental draft, as pryor still had eliibilty left and he knew pretty well, that not only would he not serve a 5 game suspesnion, but his entire season was likely going to wiped out, as i think had he stayed in school, the ncaa would've said no no osu the 5 game suspension is not enough, considering more details came out about pryor, and pryor was likely going to see his entire season wiped out, as i think he would've been ruled ineligble for the entire 2011 season, including any postseason play that would've included a the big 10 championship and bowl game



Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

First off I'm a HUGE Buckeye fan. I definately think Both TP and Tressell should have to sit out the five games. How is it fair that the kids who actually stayed at OSU and took their lumps are having to sit out and these two just get to waltz into the NFL as though nothing happenned. Tressell needs to MAN Up,and own what he did to the university AND to the fans! I wish them both well,but they need to face wayyyy more consequences than they have so far. I still havent heard much of an apology from tressell rregarding any of this. I guess it's time we all move on. But don't let these guys walk right into the NFL.

BTW,Pete Carroll should have suffered some consequences as well,and nothing happenned to him either. It's just not right.(IMO)


And Go Bucks,and Luke Fickell!!!!!!!   



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

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

What does any of this have to do with terelle pryor. Ifmu have a problem with your sons Eague or team address the people in charge in a respectable manner. My son played on a team last year where the qb was asian as well as the middle linebacker and cornerback. Guess it depends on what the demographics are inmyour area.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

>>>White kids are just SOL.

Not really. Most of 'em pay attention in college and then they can get jobs as stock brokers, accountants, doctors, lawyers etc. Dull jobs, perhaps, but they don't get their bodies beat up and they make a lot of money.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

>>>There is a lot of racism, and Michael Vick would have been forgiven by now if he was white

Yeah, poor Michael Vick. Just signed a long-term contract worth millions. If he hasn't been forgiven, I'd like to see how many years and howw much money he gets when he *is*.



Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:22 pm
 

OSU grad here...TP needs to shut up, and be happy

The NFL allowed him in and enjoy his money....I like that the NFL is backing the NCAA, otherwise you could see a lot more kids trying to jump to the NFL anytime they get into trouble.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Catfan you are exactly right, any other player would not have been allowed in the supplemental draft. The NFL did Pryor a favor. He should not appeal, he should be thankful that he is even playing because he technically should have sat out a year. Tressel will unfairly not be suspended while Pryer's suspension will be fairly upheld.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

We, as a country, were pretty dumb once to think blacks could not play qb because they werent smart enough. Now we have gone full circle and say white kids can't play football because they arent black. Football is a black mans game, supposedly. Just like you see Asians playing soccer, and hispanics playing baseball. White kids are just SOL. I guess after this year I will stick my kid back in soccer where his coach actually thinks he is great because he is asian. He is good but in actuality he is good because the coach actually coaches him because he is "asian". So yes reverse racism or whatever but racism is alive and well, too bad too because race means nothing, each person is an individual regardless of color. Give them all a try.


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