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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: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:22 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

This makes about as much sense as the gas company fining the electric company for water damage...

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:14 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

At this point who cares? The suspension will be over in 10 days, and Pryor is free to play. It'll be ancient history before we or he knows it.

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:12 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Listen..someone finally told this d-bag "NO".  right or wrong, he's been screwing people over his whole he just go it back.  he's a no talent stupid hack..wont be around for very long who cares

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:08 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

This is absolute nonsense.  I don't care a lick about Pryor; rather, I'm much more concerned about Goodell acting like a tyrant and violating antitrust law.  Pryor did nothing to manipulate the rules.  He thought he was only suspended five games before the draft, and was told after the draft that he would not be welcome back at all.  Under NFL rules, that made him eligible for the supplemental draft.  Goodell is talking out of the side of his mouth to justify his autocratic impulses.  He's a tyrant, and I can't wait for the NFL to be sued for violating anti-trust laws all over the board.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: September 30, 2011 6:00 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

In other developments, Commissioner Goodell suspended Bubba Jones of Podunk U for violating team curfew. "We have to crack down on future players early. We are instituting a high school monitoring program soon," Goodell said. "We don't care if they are employees of this league or not when they mess up. If they even sniff out eligibility, we have the right to do what we want to them. We will be announcing future suspensions of a couple of Division Three players who have parents that are NFL season ticket holders. That's good enough for me."

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 30, 2011 5:55 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Goodell did the right thing here.  This was about Pryor trying to manipulate the rules, and the Commissioner saw right through it, as did most other people. 

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: September 30, 2011 5:44 pm

Pryor's 5-game suspension upheld by Goodell

Good he deserved more but I can live with this

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: September 30, 2011 5:44 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."

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