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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.

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Don't be stupod. The real issue here is the wrecklessness.. maybe that's why he didn't need insurance on all these cars.. because he was so "wreckless". Cool



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:26 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?



Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Doesn't ESPN own the rights to broadcast Texas Longhorn football games? How can ESPN be considered a credible news source when it would be beneficial for them to ruin OSU football? Ohio State is a pretty popular program I imagine it probably does well ratings wise. Why not bump off a competitor? All ESPN has to do is investigate Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame etc and they can clear the way for Texas to win the national championship year after year and increase their ratings in the process.




Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

He ya go. Ya khe's guilty now..Play'n the rase card already.  Make that boy finally realize you are responsible for your actions. Tressel cover for him, now his Lawyer. How's he paying for this?  What did he sell now?



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Just an opinion but most lawyers are d-bags.  white & black!  pryor's lawyer is cream of the crop, especially for using the "slavery" label.  Pryor is a cheater & Larry James is doing what he is paid to do, deny all negative claims on his client & make the NCAA & accusers look like the bad guy.  I know a personally know lawyer & the things that he has told me concerning his profession are disturbing.  Not much on morals & one would argue ethics.   



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:21 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

amen.  you know the system.  if you don't like it, don't agree to it.



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

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

as a college graduate with many, many tens of thousand dollars of loans, i would say these players do get plenty of benefits.  most of us spent at least five or ten years paying back these loans.  stop looking at the stars and start looking at the smaller athletes that benefit from free rides.  the stars will make their money.  patience is something they need to learn.  pryor is a cheat and he got caught.  tressel is an enabler.  if tressel had done what he was trusted to do, osu would not be in this mess.  tressel sold his soul to an 18 year old kid who always thought he should be getting more.



Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Smh...Terrelle Pryor is far from the first and further from the last to be a player receiving improper benefits. Just pay the players already...figure out a pay scale for each athletics program or conference or whatever. This is beginning to become an irrelevant overblowed story.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

I think the NCAA should become more "draconian" about their policies.  The players keep on saying they should get paid to play when they're getting a free ride, paying no tuition or housing fees.  

I'd like to see the NCAA put a policy in place that if a player leaves before he graduates then he should have to pay back all of the considerations he received for his scholarship.  Also have them sign a contract saying if they are caught breaking NCAA rules, the same is in effect.  

If they don't like it, go play basketball in the European leagues, or go play in the CFL or arena league!!



Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Isn't it quite ironic that when the NCAA went after USC, the Ohio State program along with the Big 10, were behind the NCAA COI's penalties and sanctions against SC 100%.  Now that their the target of the nCAA's COI, they're claiming the NCAA is "archaic, draconian".  Hmmmm.

And to top it all off, Tyrell Pryor's lawyer just fingered him for more NCAA rules violations by publicly stating....  that "most" of Pryor's wrongdoing is limited to the selling of memorabilia "when he was a freshman, 18 or 19 years old at a time".  

It's sad to say that TP's arrogance and inability to focus on thi, basically, free $100,000+ education he has earned as a student athlete at OSU is going to be thrown away.  Typical of his attitude and that's too bad.  He had a chance to make a man out of himself, to better himself emotionally, intellectually and have bit of modesty about him.  Not! 


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