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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 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 contributor, and Steve Phillips, the Mets' former GM.

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Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 11:05 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

I don't get all of the talk about the players making the universities millions and  them getting nothing in return other than an education. Yes, Cam Newton aided in Auburn making millions of dollars last year, but how much money is he going to receive because of the stage he was put on. I don't believe he would've been a first rounder if he continued to be a JUCO qb. Or how about the money that Jamarcus Russell and Joey Harrington were given by NFL teams. You can definately go back and say that LSU and Oregon MADE them millionares. Theres a reason why Joe Flacco playing at delaware didn't get drafted in that high. Because he didn't go to a big enough university (football popularity) that could give him the self promotion needed to grab those spots.

I would venture to say that if Terrelle would have been a model athlete that played by the rules four 4 years. OSU would've made him millions.

It seems that everone also forgets that the NCAA does make an load of money on Football and basketball, but that same NCAA also loses money on several other sports. I'm not so sure that the "business" that everyone says the NCAA is in is truly as profitable as people think.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:51 am

Again with the slavery comments...

Aw... poor wittle terelle, him is a swave.... Massah make him play da footsball and he only get a hundred thousand dollar edumacation from da fancy shmancy college. 

Cry me a friciking river.  I must have missed the practices where the players were beaten or whipped for poor performance, or when their wives and girlfriends were raped by the athletic director or coach tressel.  I didn't realize that the 100 man roster lived in a shack, with bunks stacked 5 high and no heat / ac / running water, etc. etc.  

Surely playing a game you love, that you would play for free just for fun, is slavery.  I feel foolish for not seeing the obvious parallels.

I'm an OSU fan, and I couldn't be happier that this trash has finally been taken out.  Good riddance, enjoy your life in the arena league slave!  

Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:46 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

People who don't believe that the NCAA system is a form of slavery are fools.  You do not have to be black, white purple or green to figure that out.  You have these billion dollar instiutions giving these kids nothing (yes i know the education arguement and that side is a legitiment arguement), however, these kids have likenesses in video games, they have their faces posted all over the campus and sometimes the country.  They are used and abused.  People think it is easy to be an athlete, that only counts when you have the mopney to focus o nthe sports.  When you are astruggling student, which most of us were, you should remember how hard it is to stay on top of everything, try and add in the stupid restrictions that the NCAA put on top of you and you are toast. 

The dumbest argument that I always hear is that if you do not want the hassel then don't sign up.  What you have to understand is that in order to go to the NBA or NFL you have to go through this system.  MLB and NHL you can get drafted out of leagues or HIGH SCHOOL, but the others force you to prosotitue yourself for their benefit.

Until someone can stand up to the NCAA then these kids arer all in trouble.

Since: Mar 9, 2011
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:13 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

The idea that student athletes are somehow slaves or even indentured servants is ridiculous. Slaves and servants are not free to leave - anyone who does not want to play football for a particular institution is free to leave today. Anyone who does not want free tuition, room and board and training and exposure is free to leave. I may be a great poet but if I'm not financially needy I'm going to have to pay my way - it's just athletes who get free rides regardless of need.  This is not unfair to athletes. Yes, universities with successful sports programs make tons of money off of student athletes, but successful corporations make tons of money off of underpaid employees - that's capitalism.  If you need money get a job. The job market is tight but plenty of employers would be happy to have Terrelle Pryor on the payroll, as long as TP is doing real work to earn the paycheck. OSU athletes who want jobs will probably have no trouble finding them, unlike OSU  English majors who will wait in line for minimum wage positions. The problem is that athletes with pro potential think they are entitled to live at a pro lifestyle from day one. The NCAA rules may be stupid, but TP knew what they were when he signed on. If he didn't want to live with them he didn't need to accept the perks given to him as an athlete - travel, real food, hobnobbing with the famous, etc -  that I as a math/ philosophy major never had any chance of getting.

The real problem is the win-at-any-cost mentality, not the NCAA. The real problem is selfish athletes, not the NCAA.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:10 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

It's laughable when scumbags try to take the high road.  "Slavery"? Get real. Pryor has had his butt kissed as far back as who knows when. I'm getting sick and tired of "slavery" being tossed around by these over-coddled athletes. I have no doubt that if there were any actual former slaves still around they would give these jokers a good smack in the head. They are just spitting in the face of every black person that is out there working a regular job for a living. Anyone working a minimum wage factory or manual labor job is a heck of a lot closer to slavery than that what these jokers will ever experience. Please, please, just shut up and go away.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:59 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Go ahead and file suit and not just threaten to do so.  The Pryor and this parasitic, self promoting clown will actually have to PROVE that these allegations are false. 

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:53 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Gee.  Another African-American Attorney playing the race card and talking about slavery.  How refreshing.  This guy is nothing but an racial ambulance chaser.  Every since Obama has been in the White House, these guys have come crawling out of the woodwork.  Maybe this clown should actually talk about the facts in the case, instead of his racial ramblings.  Pryor is as dirty as they come.  He ran away from his team.  What is he going to do?  Sue the NCAA?  Why is this attorney even involved in this case.  It is none of his business, but the BCS is really none of the Obama Administrations business either.  Do I detect a pattern here?  Someone should disbar this idiot.

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:12 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

threatened legal action, and called the NCAA system a form of "slavery."

is his attorney Mike Freeman?

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:54 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

If there's morons from the south that believe that Auburns Cam Newton did absolutely nothing wrong, or ignore the crap he did in community college, it's hard to see any kind of "justice" or "punishment" coming to Terrelle Pryor sadly.

I honeslty don't even care about Pryor because of scam newton getting off scott free after it was apparent to everyone including the NCAA..

Pack, I don't know where you think that the masses of people are that believe that CN did nothing wrong are.  I think that deep down, even Auburn fans know that there is something amiss here however, because the NCAA can't prove that he knew about it, they are not able to do something until they close the loopholes in their own policies.  However, even they aren't finished with this yet.  Personally, I am extremely disappointed in the SEC for not taking action and handling this first.  They have a rule in place that would have given him a more timely and accurate punishment instead of making this look like a bad joke.  But they chose to let the NCAA handle it.

That being said, this still doesn't absolve Pryor of his wrongdoing.

Since: May 18, 2007
Posted on: June 10, 2011 8:41 am

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

I would describe the scholarship system for athletes more in the realm of when businesses use to have housing, and they pay there workers tehre own form of cash which had to be used at the businesses facilities. So basically you were stuck there.

Your basically given a scholarship, free tuition, free housing, free food, but its all used at OSU. They have nothing else. Its a great honor to play for these programs, but being a major public school, some of the athletes can't afford anything else. This is the problem.

So yes, it can be said that NCAA has indentured servants, but its not clear cut as that. The only problem with paying football players, is title-9, you have to pay every athlete. So if you pay them 1,000 dollars a quarter (semester) you have to pay every athlete that. Thats were people don't get it, with only a few colleges making money, most can't afford them. They would have to close down athletic progams to do this.

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