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Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Posted on: June 9, 2011 12:27 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 4:27 pm
 
Terrelle Pryor's attorney on Thursday called the latest allegations against the former Ohio State quarterback by ESPN "bogus", threatened legal action, and called the NCAA system a form of "slavery."

Columbus, Ohio, attorney Larry James made the comments Thursday morning while appearing on SiriusXM's "Jason & The GM" show on satellite radio. Thomas described himself as a local figure who had worked with Ohio State in the past and knew AD Gene Smith, president Gordon Gee and former coach Jim Tressel.

"It was probably good for Terrelle to meet persons like myself, African-American lawyers, very successful -- quote, unquote," James said.

James said he did not know that meeting would lead to his representation of the troubled former star. He went on to say that "most" of Pryor's wrongdoing is limited to the selling of memorabilia "when he was a freshman, 18 or 19 years old at the time".

Ohio State's problems seemed to escalate Tuesday when ESPN.com reported that Pryor had made $20,000-$40,000 selling memorabilia with the help of a local freelance photographer, Dennis Talbott. Talbott has denied the allegations. 

"I know Dennis Talbott," James said. "I don't mean to belittle Dennis Talbott but Dennis Talbott is not a deep-pockets player. This is out of his league. He does not have this kind of cash. He is not one of those dealers that one would say D has the ability to neg-buying and selling of memorabilia. Dennis was a part-time photographer who knew a lot of players. He was known around town. He is harmless. He definitely did not have that kind of wherewithal to do that kind of stuff and that story is just bogus."

The subsequent "Outside the Lines" report on ESPN, James said, "is close to being reckless and malice and over the line. This is something that Terrelle at the appropriate time may look at once he gets in the position to have the wherewithal to bring that lawsuit."

An unidentified former friend accused Pryor of taking the money in the ESPN reports.


James then went into detail describing Pryor's car situation that has come under scrutiny. With the NCAA curious about that situation, Pryor seemed to brashly drive to a team meeting Monday in a Nissan 350Z with temporary tags.

James explained that Pryor came to Columbus with a Hyundai Sonata purchased by his mother, Thomasina, when he was a senior in Jeanette, Pa. James said that after about a year, "that car practically dies," and Pryor's mother paid $11,000 for a Dodge Charger, again in Jeanette.

Over the next three years, the Charger was serviced "three or four" times requiring the use of a loaner car. At some point the Charger was traded in for the 350Z. The cars had the same approximate monthly payments, $298, according to James.

Six Ohio State players were cited by the NCAA in December for trading memorabilia for tattoos and other benefits late last year. Pryor was among those suspended for the first five games of 2011. However, Sports Illustrated last week quoted a source who witnessed nine other current players swap memorabilia or autographs for tattoos or money.

He then added of the nine new names published in SI, "They will be cleared. They will be cleared."

As for leaving the team when Pryor did, James said there is "division -- as you all know -- in the lockerroom among a lot folks."

"Terrelle looked at a situation where it was a hornet's test to try to continue to play football at Ohio State whether he was cleared or not."

He did not elaborate on that subject nor on the assertion that Pryor has had some "proposals" emailed from the Canadian Football League. James said he probably wouldn't negotiate any professional contract that Pryor would consider. There was no anger from Pryor, he said, after leaving the university.

"Irrespective of how harsh and idiotic we think some of the NCAA rules are, they are still on the books," James said. "They had slavery for all those years. Those rules are still on the books, and the courts uphold them."

James then ranted about the NCAA and its enforcement process.

"You've got a captured system here in college football. It's mandated, dictated, the student-athletes have no rights. They have no relief. It's an archaic, draconian process by which you are basically financed for about 9 1/2 months of your school year and then you're to find the money for whatever else is left. You live in basically poverty throughout that period and you're making a million dollars for institutions."

James said he was not aware of any NCAA violations by Pryor, "over the last couple of years that we have uncovered."

James was questioned by hosts Jason Horowitz, a CBSSports.com contributor, and Steve Phillips, the Mets' former GM.

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Comments

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

very well said, last lions fan.  it is always the top tier that screws it up for the middle and lower.  these athletes are not in the dire straits everyone wants to portray.  how about the other athletes that are more than happy to get that free education nobody wants to remember.  if you don't want that, do got to college.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Terrelle Pryor has an attorney that is threatened to sue the NCAA, what a novel idea. As several post on this and other threads, why don’t Terrelle be a man, man up and take his punishment, a long with Ohio State.

Oh, yeah that only apply when it is not your school or program, that is being investigated or punished by the NCAA. Even if the charges are bogus and have n o merit.

If this attorney representing Pryor is certain his client will win, why wait until he is able to pay for his services. He might take the case pro bono or on a contingency that a certain percentage of Pryor potential earnings from his becoming a pro be assigned once Pryor signs a pro contract.
 
Is his attorney from Africa came to America and became a citizen, thus the term African-American? If you were born in the United States you are an American.

“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

As disgusting as the arrogant *** comment was... your response is equally disgusting.  How is being Italian, Jewish, or a "PR" a shortcoming!?  As a Buckeye fan here in Columbus, thanks for perpetrating the ugly Buckeye fan stereotype.

An eye for an eye sure hurts sometimes. His hypocrisy has no bounds, therefore why not throw some equally bombastic views his way?  Are you my judge and jury?



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Hutch, you are only proving the point that Pryor was treated differently.  I too am a salesman, and like you, I tend to allow people who have money or are about to get money to borrow vehicles.  Now, I'm not in a college town so I don't have to worry about athletes benefits.  I agree with you that there is really a two tiered system.  I don't allow people to take cars out of town or have them for more than a day or two even if we are working on their vehicle.  The fact that he was allowed to be in that upper teir was what is getting him in trouble.  A college athlete CANNOT receive anything more than what a "typical" college kid can get.  Would you be willing to give an english major a car, or a sociology major?  I don't think so, and that is why Pryor should not have had it.

I thought I was proving a point that he wasn't treated differently. I would treat him like anyone else that I felt I could profit from. Not because he is a football player.



Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

This lawyer has the RIGHT point.   These players make the NCAA $$$ MILLIONS ... and live at a poverty level if someone else isn't there to give them cash.   This lawyer should organize these kids and ROCK THAT SYSTEM.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

guess i accomplished something.  got you to quit replying. 



Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Hutch, you are only proving the point that Pryor was treated differently.  I too am a salesman, and like you, I tend to allow people who have money or are about to get money to borrow vehicles.  Now, I'm not in a college town so I don't have to worry about athletes benefits.  I agree with you that there is really a two tiered system.  I don't allow people to take cars out of town or have them for more than a day or two even if we are working on their vehicle.  The fact that he was allowed to be in that upper teir was what is getting him in trouble.  A college athlete CANNOT receive anything more than what a "typical" college kid can get.  Would you be willing to give an english major a car, or a sociology major?  I don't think so, and that is why Pryor should not have had it.

Lets face it, those of you that want kids to get paid are missing a few major points.  First, when I played in college, I got free schooling (35,000 back then).  I received $600 a semester for books and supplies (four times a year), the school provided me with two custom suits (including shoes and socks) to wear to special school functions, I was given several boxes of t shirts, sweats, shorts, etc from the school through our sponsors, and could always find a job during the summer to make some extra cash. Now, my brother didn't play, and graduated with 10 years of debt.  The school obviously never made millions off me, but I was still taken care of.  Anybody who thinks that paying the players would help the problem is dead wrong, there are still thousands of athletes who thank God everyday for what they have, and there will always be the entitled few who will always say they need more.

By the way, I know several lawyers who are pretty good, and they would never admit that their client screwed up even earlier than we already know.  That is BUSH LEAGUE!!  Also, is it just me, or does it only seem to be people in trouble screaming slavery?  Get off it already.



Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

hey hutch9, focus on the content, not the typing, stupod.  guess you never type wrong, you jerk off.  maybe if you had to pay that college tuition you would know what a benefit it is.  at least you did well learning how to type.  don't you take that in middle school?


I would like to respond to this but I am lost for words. It is hard to argue with someone that dosen't care if they make sense or not.




Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:47 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

As disgusting as the arrogant *** comment was... your response is equally disgusting.  How is being Italian, Jewish, or a "PR" a shortcoming!?  As a Buckeye fan here in Columbus, thanks for perpetrating the ugly Buckeye fan stereotype.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

An arrogant nig defending an arrogant nig, this should be good.




odds are being from NY your either Italian, jewish, a PR  etc etc...   Throwing around the word nig makes you feel better about your own short comings?


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