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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 CBSSports.com’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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Comments

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:03 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

So, why exactly did they allow him into the Supplemental Draft?  NFL had no problem denying Maurice Clarrett and Mike Williams during their attempts to circumnavigate NFL draft policies.  In spanish we say "cuado te conviene", meaning, whenever it's convenient.  Goodell is a joke.  He, David Stern, and Bud Selig can all be replaced by a blind monkey to no ill-effect.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:53 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.....  

I understand both sides.... It is definitely dangerous for one man who has no accountabiltiy to have that much power.... I agree that Goodell could have easily made Pryor wait till next years draft.... So Pryor should be thankful.

 Even though it sucks that Pryor cannot participate in practice, at least it is only for 5 weeks, and not till next year.....



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Finally a take that makes sense.  Whether you like the player or not that is not the point.  Rodger Goddell is a laywer and in his written response sounds like a lawyer except when it comes to his "kingdom" the NFL where he arbitrarily makes decisions that make no sense.  A person who leaves one job and goes to another and suffers the penalties for his misconduct from the old job makes no legal sense at all.
 Actually the take doesn't make sense because most people don't know why it was done. First off Pryor would not have been eligible If it weren't for Goodell in the suplemental draft. Pryor tried to make himself eligible for the suplemental draft by intentionally becoming ineligible in his ENTIRE senior season at Ohio State. Goodell was not happy about that and could have kept him out of the suplemental draft entirely. Instead, he made a deal with Pryor to man up look good and sit out 5 games that he would have had to sit out in college. In return, Goodell would not block him from entering the suplemental draft. And as usuall , Pryor is not a man of his word .... hell, he isnt much of a man for that matter.

 Im  a Raiders fan though, perhaps he will pan out into something useful though.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

As a fan of tOSU, Goddell had it right, but should have simply stated:  "Pryor was not eligible for the supplemental draft.  We agreed to bend our rules only if he agreed to the suspension.  He has two choices:  Either accept the suspension, or have his contract voided and wait until the next regular draft to enter the league."
Exactly! Thanks for telling it like it is sidnanacy. Couldn't agree with you more   ..... except for the part about being an Ohio State Fan. Grrrrrrr!  %$&^*%(?   OSU

This whole thing could have been ended so neatly if Goodell would have been honest instead of trying to be politically correct. Hey TP, just a bit more than one week to go. Play a little more Madden then get over it!



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Finally a take that makes sense.  Whether you like the player or not that is not the point.  Rodger Goddell is a laywer and in his written response sounds like a lawyer except when it comes to his "kingdom" the NFL where he arbitrarily makes decisions that make no sense.  A person who leaves one job and goes to another and suffers the penalties for his misconduct from the old job makes no legal sense at all.



Since: May 12, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

I'm sorry but this is ridiculous. Pryor was not a NFL player when this happened so they have no right suspending him for it. And Goodell is blaming him for going pro after he got suspended for selling his OWN stuff (other accusations were made but that's all that was ever proved) and the coach who he played for his entire college career and recruited him got fired? Umm who wouldn't want to leave after getting jerked around like that? Not to mention that his Draft stock would have took a hit since he wouldn't have played many games and would have no doubt started slow with having to adjust to the game again. And then the possibility was there with a new coach that he may have got stuck as a back-up even when his suspension was over! Anyone who is smart would have made the same decision he did in order to assure his future and the well being of his family. And the whole entire point of the Supplemental Draft is to provide options in situations like this so it makes no sense for him to critisize Pryor for it.  Whether you agree with the original NCAA suspension or not the NFL should stay out of the affairs between the NCAA and their players. Like someone else pointed out Pete Carroll moved to the Head Coach job in Seattle at a convienant time when there were investigations going down at USC and yet he faced no suspension from Goodell so it starts to look extremely biased in this instance. Either you enforce every suspension whether its a coach or player and they jump ship or you do the right thing and let the NCAA deal with their own players/coaches and you deal with your own employees as well whether their brand new  to the league or veterans shouldn't matter. I think this is another instance of Roger Goodell overstepping his bounds and simply put i'm not a fan of his. He's become somewhat of a tyrant and IMHO I think this is one of many mistakes he's made that show that it's time for some new blood in the Commissioner's chair.



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:11 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

OK, I was wrong, not sure where I got it in my head that he is an attorney... could not find a way to edit my post so I am simply posting a retraction... With that said, he should still understand about precedent.



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

And another thing, Pryor says he won't seek reinstatement for the five games and then flip flops.  Reminds us of him saying if he could play in the bowl game he would accept his suspension at OSU this fall.  Lesson learned:  Goodell is going to be dealing with Terrelle Pryor in the years to come.  TP is both a liar and a guy who does not think he should have to pay the consequences of his actions. 



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Good for Goodell.  Now if he can do something to prevent the Pete Carrolls of college coaching from finding a haven in the pros after they screw up their former university employers, then you have something.



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 8:02 pm
 

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Roger Goodell certainly feels that he has the power and can do what he wants... that is just a bit WRONG on so many levels. He seems to make arbitrary decisions based upon nothing more than how he feels that day. As an attorney he should understand setting precedent. The punishment he doles out vary from player to player without regard to how he handled a very similar situation just 3 weeks prior.


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