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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: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 9:02 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

I will second that and also tell you that MOST of the academic halls & buildings on campus have NOT been paid for by athletic monies but rather by private donors who have NO connection to the athletic dept.
I will also tell you that in most cases non athlete alumni contribute more to their schools on a yearly basis than athletes do.
There are rare exceptions like Ndamakong Suh but the vast majority of athletes do NOT support their alma mater financially once they leave.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:59 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

"Slavery" huh? So would he call  ANY unpaid internship a form of slavery given the massive profits corporations in this country rack up which dwarf ANY money a university gets  from the NCAA for athletics.
Playing college athletics is the same thing as an unpaid internship at a corporation or an accounting firm or marketing firm except that the athlete playing football who wants to use it as a springboard to the NFL is also getting their schooling, room & board free as well.
If the system was so terrible for Terrelle why didn't he do what Eric Swann did? Eric Swann was supposed to go to NC State, was ruled academically ineligible and then went to play for a semi pro team called the Bay State Titans in Lynn, MA. which he didn't get paid to play but they made sure he had a day job as well that paid the bills he was then drafted in the first round by the Arizona Cardinals and enjoyed a decent career and made good money.
True that's the exception rather than the rule but if the NCAA system is "slavery" why not go play for a semi pro team and have a job hauling pipe for a plumbing company like Swann did? beats having to show up to class a few times a week right?
Oh no, that wouldn't work for you Terrelle since it woulkd entail you actually WORKING instead of being able to sit around playind Madden with your buddies after class.
And don't give me this garbage about: "He has to work on his game all year round to be in the pros" BS! he can still work out in a gym like the rest of us do when football season is going on and the time he would have devoted to football practice or meetings he could be working a regular job just like real students do!
Slavery... what the hell! The young man received a scholarship to a tremendous university, got to play football, have fun, be treated like royalty, travel, be seen on TV and raise his stock with the NFL and you want to call that "Slavery"?
Truly disgusting!

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:58 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

.................and Free Will on the players part to attend that university and the university's Free Will to accept him.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:48 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Really...clean as a whistle?  Please...all programs, especially in DivI, are guilty of dancing in the gray areas.  The higher the profile school, the bigger chance they'll eventually get caught.  I'm a Buckeye fan, but not an ignorant ass.  Doesn't surprise me one bit.  Disappoint me, yes.  Shock me, no.

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:48 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Obviously you don't know what you are talking about as tOSU played in the Sugar Bowl, not Rose Bowl.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:45 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

I didn't have the time to read through all the previous posts so I apologise if this has already been mentioned but the whole slavery thing is just garbage. In times of slavery blacks were either dragged from their homes in Africa or born into it, and were FORCED to work under pain of death...there was no choice in the matter. Every single athlete who signs with a university is aware of the NCAA rules before hand so its their choice to decide whether thats the lifestyle for them...nobody forces a person to go to the university and play football, this is a choice the student athlete makes. Free education, free food, free housing, it definitely sounds like slavery to me...yes I realise actual slaves were provided with food and housing but under much different circumstances. The entire slavery angle regarding NCAA athletes is just garbage...out of curiosity when was the last time a white athlete used slavery as a defense against NCAA sanctions?

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:38 pm
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Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:32 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Jealous?? No, I think it's more like sick and tired of Ohio State!

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:30 pm

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Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:22 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Tell that to the students who get full rides because of grades.  What do you think pays for those academic free rides?  You got it.  Big time college athletics.

What a joke.  I got a "free ride because of grades", and it was paid for BY THE STATE.  Not one DIME was paid for by college athletics.  Not only that, but ACADEMIC scholarships don't pay for living expenses, like room and board, just for tuition, fees, books, etc.  The "free ride" still requires filling the gap to actually BE at school.

If you want to make the athletic scholarships match the best academic scholarships available, go for it.  Those student-athletes will NOT thank you for it though, because they end up covering MORE of their expenses, not less.

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