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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 8, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:45 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Lot of angst over bsaically nothing. Pryor wasn't going to start. He did attempt to manipulate the rules. Allowing this would only increase tension and distrust between college football and the NFL. Goodell was correct in his judgement. Two more games and Pryor is fully reinstated. In the meantime, he's had a chance to watch and learn, which is always good for a rookie QB. Not a big deal.  

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:22 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Why does the majority here want to blame the NFL for Pryor's poor actions?  Pryor wasn't suspended for 5 games because of his NCAA violations, he was suspended for manipulating the supplemental draft rules of the NFL.  He applied to the draft without meeting the wickets for entering the supplemental draft.  Meaning, he was still technically eligible for the NCAA (after his 5 game OSU suspension was served).  To be eligible for the supplemental draft, you must have 0 eligibility left for the NCAA, be it expulsion, grades, graduation or whatever.  He did not get banned from OSU until after he applied for the supplemental draft.  So Pryor is 100% at fault here, the NFL is right to stick to their guns on this case.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:11 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

best part of all of this will be in 2 weeks we will all realize this has all been for a Backup quarterback. Nothing more.
five starred for that one, best post about this whole load of ****

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 7:09 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Different circumstance

Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:55 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

best part of all of this will be in 2 weeks we will all realize this has all been for a Backup quarterback. Nothing more.

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:53 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

So It was ok for Pete Caroll to coach right away after the USC scandle, Reggie Bush to keep playing football after his stuff came out? McKnight never got suspended for his roles. IT's nothing but a BS league.

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:50 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

I know I read all this you people portray him as a wuss for running to the NFL, etc. Well here is my saying: WTF about Pete Caroll? Why was he allowed to coach right away? McKnight? Why no punishment to Reggie Bush with everything that happened to him? This all stinks to high heaven. Cam Newton the same with all his alligations with Auburn?

Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:46 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

All i am reading is a bunch of whining from enablers who will excuse any kind of behavior from athletes.

Pryor broke the rules, and accepted a penalty.  Then in an act of brain-fartedness, he decided to putz away what eligibility he had left to try to make an end-run around the NFL Rules regarding the supplemental draft by hiring the most shameless self-promoter among agents, Drew Rosenhaus, to ensure he couldnt go back. 

The guy simply tried to avoid takling his punishment like a man, and tried to wuss out of it.

About time someone told the spoiled baby "NO" and meant it

And for those who say what happened at one job shoudlnt carry over....umm, dont know what world you been living in, but in MY profession, (residential services for the disabled) if you get let go for certain makes you unemployable in the field for several years, if not forever...a real-life 'show cause' if you like...
Terrell, you gambled, you lost, man!  Accept your lumps like an adult and get on with your life!

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:38 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Also, I'm not even saying I like Pryor (even though I happen to be a Buckeye and Raiders fan), I believe he saw the writing on the wall. After the draft they came out and said that they were looking in to more allegations of benefits. Ohio State was parting ways with everything that was the face of this scandal (Tressel and pryor. Why wouldn't he try to enter the supplemental draft rather than take the chance of being suspended all year and being an afterthought in the 2012 draft? He is an ego mainiac who needs some dirt kicked in his face, but I don't blame him for trying.


Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:27 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

I'm sorry but if i was going to be sent home from work for a week without pay, and then went and got another job that Monday, why the hell would my new employer have the right to enforce my punishment. It had nothing to do with them. If he believes that the rules for eligibility were broken, why did he let him in to the league?

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