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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: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 7:21 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

While Mr Pryor received many "benefits" in college he needs to realize this is not your grandma's NFL. I love the fact that the new NFL  demands not only physical abilty, but also moral talent. Considering the circumstances and the train wreck Mr Pryor help create and then abandoned at Ohio State (I am a Badger fan, by the way), any suspension handed down by the NFL is overshadowed by the fact that he has lost the respect of the masses. It also displays his weaknesses in moral and ethical behavior, traits that will likely undermine success in the NFL. The fact that he can turn his back on his reponsibilities and committments, and more importantly his team, simply shows he lacks the intangible tools required to be successful at the highest levels. I believe Mr Pryor has to figure out it has has to be about the game before the money.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 4:21 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 1, 2011 4:19 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Your not going to cheat the NFL like you did Terrelle Pryor at con Ohio State and that's for sure.

Since: Aug 17, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 3:38 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Does it really matter???  There would be NO way that the Raiders would start Pryor at QB anyway.  Jason Campbell is by no means a great QB but he is better than Pryor....You screwed up in college Pryor, you should just be happy you're even in the NFL right now.  Anyways, Go Raiders!!!!  I hope you beat the Chargers in your division.  Football is better when the Raiders are playing well!!!

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:47 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

The douche bag should feel lucky that he wasn't left out of the draft altogether considering Goodell knew what he did just to get in.  Keep your mouth shut, stop your whinning and take your punishment like a man.  

How can you seriously compare Pryor to Bush or Carroll??  It wasn't discovered that Bush accepted benefits until years after entering the NFL and Carroll left SC before any allegations turned into facts.  You can't deny somone because of allegations and how would you punish Bush; never let him play again because that's what USC did?  IMO it is completely fair to uphold the suspension that Pryor got at tOSU in the NFL, even though that's not what Goodell did.  He didn't say "you were suspended there so you're going to be suspended here".  He said "you were suspended there and because you went out of your way to make sure that you would be eligible for the supplemental draft to avoid your responsibilities there, we're going to susped you here and you're lucky that's all we're doing".  How can you say that the NCAA and NFL have nothing to do with eachother?  When students enter the draft or supplemental draft under the CORRECT circumstances without going out of their way to do so like pryor did, they don't.  But when you do what Pryor did just to avoid his punishment and get paid; they do.  

Why should the NFL take a player under those circumstances?  All that does is open up pandoras box for anyone facing suspensions in college football for breaking rules and thinking they can run to the NFL.  It's a privilege to play NFL ball, not a right. 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:46 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

I didn't know Pryor had a "job" at Ohio State. I thought he was a student-athlete. Besides in ten days no one cares what any of us think. Pryor gets paid. He'll get the money through the back door through incentives. 
Present employers make their decisions based on "Pryor" work experience. and determining what type of character they think one has. Pryor has none.

Since: Dec 25, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:32 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

He was not in the NFL when all of this happened. The NFL IS NOT PART OF THE NCAA! Rogger has ZERO LEG to stand on. He has set precident  with allowing COACHES to leave the NCAA to avoid punishment and come the NFL all clean and smelling fresh. Your present employeer can't PUNISH you for ANYTHING you did at your former job. Add to it that they knew about  your past problems BEFORE you applied and they let you, then they really have ZERO leg to stand on!!!!! People in the workfoce LEAVE their former employers all the time to AVOID punishment from them.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:31 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Just another example of the man keepin' a grown ass brotha man down.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 1, 2011 12:00 am

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

The difference between Pryor and the others who forego college eligibility is Pryor broke rules, accepted apunishement , went to a Bowl game, which could have had a different effect on the game with a different QB starting. he got the best of both worlds. For five weeks of his life. All he had to do was accept his punishment like a man. In 10 more days, his punishment is over anyway. Story over and forgotten.

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:29 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Pryor is not a man of his word .... hell, he isnt much of a man for that matter.
From what I understand many players and the NFLPA urged him to appeal.....  

so if a group of people were telling you to try a "great new thing (drug)," you would do it?

Look, each person needs to be responsible for their own actions and understand they should make decisions for themselves. I think since he knows he was in violation of NCAA rules, he decided to try and shortcut the penalty. That is a very selfish thing to do and shows complete disrespect for OSU as well (aside from the disrespect initially). He should "man up" and do his time. I would have gained more respect for him had he stayed at OSU this year (and that comes from a UM fan).

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