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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: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:17 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

I understand the fairness issue, however, people are losing sight of why Pryor was suspended.  He was not suspended for breaking NCAA rules, just as Tressel should not be (nor Reggie Bush, etc...).  He was suspended because the NFL made an exception for him in allowing him to enter the supplemental draft.  He circumvented the rules to try to become eligible for the supplemental draft.  In exchange for allowing him to participate in this draft and not sit out an entire year until next April's draft, the NFL issued this 5-game suspension.  I'm amazed that so many supposedly informed analysts miss this simple distinction.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:14 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension no attention to the thing behind the keyboard.  It has made three posts since it made this account and you'll get an idea that its a homophobic flamer.  It will be kicked off soon enough only to make a new screen name.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:12 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

The NFL doesn't have any business suspending either Pryor or Tressel for something that happened at Ohio State to start with.  But it appears is that Tressel will get off and only Pryor will face any sanctions.  That's not right.  Either they both serve five games, or they both serve none.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:11 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

You know racism exists when your white/asian son plays pee wee football and all the white kids are linemen, all the black kids are qbs and runningbacks and all the coaches are black. BTW, it is like this for all 7 teams. It is pee wee football, let all the kids learn how to play. Oh yea, the black kids are all DBs and the white kids are all linemen. The black kids are all linebackers too. One would assume it is because the black kids are faster however, that isnt the case, all the kids on my sons team are about the same speed.  

Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:10 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

And I thought this was a sports website, not a racism debating forum. grow up......

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:06 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

Whether people want them to fail or not is a valid question. But what isn't really disputable is that, other than Vick, who still hasn't won anything, they generally do fail. Only black quarterback to win a super bowl is Doug Williams.  And if you want to call him a great player because of this then you better be prepared to call Trent Dilfer great too. Yes, winning a super bowl is not easy and just because black quarterbacks haven't had much success yet is not necessarily an accurate predictor of future events. But the truth is black quarterbacks are rarely drafted for their passing skills. Usually they get drafted because they are superior athletes who pose more of a threat as a rusher than a passer. And when they get to the league that generally continues to be what they do best. And rushing QB's are fun to watch but they have yet to win anything.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:04 pm


There is a lot of racism, and Michael Vick would have been forgiven by now if he was white, but it comes down to this:

Terrelle Pryor can't carry Michael Vick's jockstrap as an NFL QB.  Comparing Pryor to Vick is an insult to Vick.  And saying race has anything to do with a diva like Pryor being universally vilified is an insult to every black person on the planet.
Pryor is trying to weasel out of a punishment that he richly deserves.   Also, like Tim Tebow, he is a prototypical all-pro TE/H-back masquerading as a QB.  

Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:03 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

What a no-class move by Pryor. You always hold out hope that young men will learn. And then they don't. It would be just fine for Pryor to appeal his suspension, but not when his former coach's hiring is the impetus. The same former coach who lost his dream job because of Pryor. Men this young cannot learn what is right and what is wrong without mentors. And some times even with good mentors, the words just are not heard.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:02 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

haha! Wow! can't believe how stupid and racist you sound! People want them to fail because their a cheater and an animal crueltist. You make me sick with your reverse racism. People like you are the ones who are ruining this country. I pitty people like you, because you serve zero purpose to the human race. and in essence are useless slugs

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: September 4, 2011 12:00 pm

Terrelle Pryor to appeal 5-game suspension

It's got nothing to do with the color of their skin, a punk is a punk regardless of skin color.  Why do so many people always automatically assume it has anything to do with skin tone?  You're the type of person that perpetuates racism.

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