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Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Posted on: September 30, 2011 5:27 pm
PryorPosted by Josh Katzowitz

When Terrelle Pryor was suspended five games by Roger Goodell  for his transgressions at Ohio State, he (or at least his agent) claimed he wasn’t going to appeal his decision before he ultimately did just that. Since he was appealing the suspension back to the guy who originally suspended him in the first place, he must have known his request had little chance of working.

And it hasn’t.

The NFL has announced that Goodell has upheld the Oakland quarterback's five-game suspension.

Here are some excerpts from Goodell’s statement:

-“Based on Mr. Pryor’s actions, I believe it is a fair conclusion that he intentionally took steps to ensure that he would be declared ineligible for further college play and would be able to enter the NFL via the Supplemental Draft. Taken as a whole, I found that this conduct was tantamount to a deliberate manipulation of our eligibility rules in a way that distorts the underlying principles and calls into question the integrity of those rules.”

-“Mr. Pryor -- not Ohio State or the NCAA -- made the judgment that he was ineligible for college play, and then took a series of affirmative steps that were intended to, and had the effect of, accomplishing that result. Moreover, Mr. Pryor did so in order to avoid the consequences of his conduct while in college -- conduct to which he had admitted and for which he had accepted a suspension -- and to hasten the day when he could pursue a potentially lucrative professional career in the NFL.”

To Goodell, it seemed that Pryor was deliberately trying to manipulate the eligibility rules in order to make himself money (since he wasn’t going to be playing for Ohio State this season) and since Pryor already had agreed to serve a five-game suspension while at Ohio State, Goodell thought his actions warranted that same punishment in the pros.

“In my judgment, allowing players to secure their own ineligibility for college play in order to avoid previously determined disciplinary consequences for admitted conduct reflects poorly not on college football -- which acted to discipline the transgressor -- but on the NFL, by making it into a sanctuary where a player cannot only avoid the consequences of his conduct, but be paid for doing so,” Goodell wrote.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFLPA is going to file a non-injury grievance on his behalf.

So, is this fair of Goodell, suspending somebody for something that occurred when Pryor wasn’t even in the league? Probably not. But did Pryor deserve the suspension? Probably yes. And I realize that those two statements are at odds with each other, but that’s ultimately the decision with which Goodell had to wrestle.

But the NFLPA doesn’t have to like it. Which is precisely the point’s Will Brinson made when he wrote this: “As you'll recall, the NFLPA hasn't been exactly thrilled at the news of Pryor's suspension, because it represents a dangerous precedent in terms of future control for the NFL over players leaving college early. … This isn't exactly the sort of situation where the players want to just lay down and let the league have its way, setting a precedent for suspending players for actions that were committed while they weren't even in the league.”

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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 1:10 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

This is nonsense. Anything Pryor did before he was drafted was over and had nothing to do with his current employer. Should Goodell go back and now suspend Reggie Bush whio was declared ineligible and forced USC to forfeit all the games he played in after. What about Pete Carrol he skated away with no consequence. This is nothing but a load of garbage.

Also was Tressel suspended by the NFL or the Colts?

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:49 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Basically this just proves what weve known for years. The NCAA is nothing more than the Minor League for the NFL.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:28 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Pryor was the standard for what is to come in the NFL.  Goodell does not want players to take the money and run without dealing with the consequences.  This is the right move.  Pryor agreed that he would stay if he could play.  He played but then ran, because he made poor decision after poor decision.  I do not feel sorry for him or Tressel.  They knew what they were doing.  They were hoping to be like USC get out championship and years later give it up.  What does that hurt a program?  Nothing.  They still get the exposure and the recruits.  We will never forget the Fab Five or Reggie Bush winning the Heiseman.  Yeah they have none of their awards, but I bet they all laughed their way to the bank.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:23 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Leave politics out of sports tool. This is about sports. If you want to be a tea bagger that is your business we don't worry about fools like that.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:21 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

They did suspend him tool, don't post without know anything. Tressel was suspended by the NFL.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:19 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

The only thing the NFL got wrong on this is that they didn't suspend him for an entire season. The league doesn't need anymore punks and panty wastes in it, they have plenty of those already. Good job for the most part.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:25 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Tressel is suspended... do your homework man!

Since: Apr 7, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:13 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

I have to agree with Goodell on this one. To deliberately try to undermine the integrity of both the NCAA and NFL is unacceptable. Pryor knew what he was doing at OSU, and knows what he's doing now. Don't think this is some whiny college buffoon thinking he can get away with something, it's an educated, calculating man who is trying to take advantage, again.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:54 am

Where is the coverage of Jim Tressels suspension

Tressel knew about the rules infractions so why didn't Goodell suspend him.  His actions were just as bad if not worse than Pryor.  Talk about a double standard; The coach in charge of the program can just walk away without penalty while the student gets the book thrown at him.  I know the Colts suspended him but that was only after Goodell did not have the guts to make an example of a cheating coach. 

If the players gets suspended, so should the coaches.  Coaches are supposed to be leaders.  Leaders take responsibility for their programs.  I really cannot see the difference.  I'm I wrong, I don't think so.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:47 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

God-dell should seek out employment with the Obama they to pay no attention to the law of the land or the constitution. Some say Pryor had no chance of reversing the suspension but he was able to make a point with the media and the football community, and that point was God-dell is a vindictive tyrant, well on his way to ruining the NFL.  This guy makes Nero look astute and Attilla the Hun the voice of reason. Oh, we can and will vote out Obama...but sad to say we have no such option with Czar God-dell.

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