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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: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 10:00 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

I was replying to a posters comments but my post didnt get displayed as a response to the intended post so it wont make sense now.

Since: Jul 2, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:58 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

your pretty clueless.  Your first statement shows your ignorance of the situation.  This has nothing to do with Terrell Pryor. We are already almost at 5 games so the punishment has already been served.  This has everything to do with the NFLPA who was going to make sure that TP appealed this decision to protect players rights vs arbitrary penalties that are clearly the way the NFL is heading with Goodell.  Please read more and comprehend before you spout off non-sense. 

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:57 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

If Pryor's actions were bad enough to warrant a 5 game suspension, why wasn't Jim Tressel suspended for at least the same number of games before being allowed to join the staff of the Colts? Talk about a double standard. Tressel knew what was going on and allowed it to continue. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:56 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

The man keeping him down?  Sorry, but no.  Pryor said he would stay at Ohio State and accept his five-game suspension along with the other four guys!  He walked out and set it up to show the NFL that OSU rendered him ineligible.  I think the suspension is fair.

I'm actually surprised the NFL let him in the supplemental draft...

Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 9:53 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

I think Goodell should have suspended him an additional 3 games, on the grounds that you said when you were granted eligibility you would not appeal, but then did.  I do not agree with any which way this would have turned out other than Pryor being ineligible this year due to his own doings period!

Shoulda had to wait until next years draft!

Since: Oct 20, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2011 8:27 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

The NCAA was so incensed about Pryor's transgessions they handed him (and 4 others I believe) a 5 game suspension............... be carried out at the start of the next season.  The NCAA wanted to send the right message to anyone else who dared violate rules so Pryor  (along with the other offenders) was allowed to play in his insignificant (and I believe nationally televised) bowl game.  The NCCA didn't want anyone to get the wrong idea when it comes to following the rules.

Admittedly, I don't know what Pryor did to affect his eligibility however, wasn't it up to Goodell to determine whether Pryor could enter the supplemental draft?  Goodell should have kept him out of the draft if he felt Pryor was manipulating the process.

The NCAA didn't think Pryor's violations were that significant or they would have suspended him immediately.  Once they allowed Pryor to play in his bowl game the NCAA lost all credibility.  And once Goodell allowed Pryor to be included in the supplemental draft, Goodell lost all credibility.  Anyone with kids knows when their children behave badly you don't give them a reward and then admonish them for their behavior later (Yeah, yeah, sorry mom.  It won't happen again....til the next time........ha, ha, ha,....).

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 8:18 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Again, I'm not even sure how this is legal (although the "minimum age" rule is completely illegal yet I like it).  When will the NFL start doing "extra testing" for guys that have tested positive for drug use in college???  How about greater or additional fines and/or suspensions for players with violent police records in college that become repear offenders while in the NFL??? 

I'll admit those other rules would more or less preclude teams from drafting SEC players but I still can't see how it would be much different. 

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: October 1, 2011 8:01 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Does anybody care if Terrelle Pryor is suspended or not? The Raiders are doing fine without him, does anyone really think he will make a legitimate contribution to the team in the next 5 years? Go ahead and cut him now before you owe that idiot any money. Let him live on the street where he belongs.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 7:50 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

So we have to wait 5 games for him to be a 3rd stringer.  Who cares  :)

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 7:37 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

good any BROTHA who act like Pryor should be kept down way down in the mud. Tressel serving his punishment for being a cheating scumbag and he s a grown ass BROTHA too. So man up Pryor, you did the crime now do the time. Maybe you can still salvage some speck of dignity.

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