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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: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:18 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Extremely primitive viewpoint.  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.  Smarties are getting a free college education off the back of college athletes who are putting their well being on the line for 11-13 weeks every year.  Sorry, bro, but it's time for the NCAA to stop using college athletes as slave labor in order to line their pockets with millions upon millions of dollars.  You do realize that slaves got food and shelter too.

You'd be surprised what you might find if you did some research.  Like another poster said, big time college athletics, at almost every school, contributes little to nothing financially to its academic mission.

And, please, slave labor.  Give me a break.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:15 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

How did he cheat exactly?  I mean, you really devalue your arguement when you just make these types of comments.  Please explain to me how getting a free tattoo results in an on-field advantage?  Oh, and when exactly did he lie?  Tressel lied, yes.  But when exactly did Terrelle do this? 

Just more know-nothings doing what they do best.....

The on-field advantage was gained every time he took the field after trading/selling his stuff.  He was ineligble.

He lied when he signed his student athlete statement claiming he did not break any rules.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 8:14 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

You have to be insane if you believe that!!

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:56 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

It is a form of slavery because he was trapped in a situation where he was not getting paid.  If he was going to class and learning, instead of being given automatic grades, then he would not consider it slavery.  College is for going to school, Terrell, because in the the NFL you might get one injury that would ruin you for life, or one hit that will end your life.  Yes, you might have to work hard for something other than the games you played when you were a little boy. 

Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:52 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

amen brother, let yje procedure take it's due process, and in the end tress will be back.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:42 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

If the glove doesn't fit -- You must acquit.

Everyone needs to get off Pryor's ass -- Obviously the NCAA, ESPN, every major news outlet, all sports writers, former players, former coaches, former friends are all just jealous of OSU and Pryor.

In the end -- we will find out OSU is clean as a whistle and all this was just a witch hunt.  LONG LIVE JIM TRESSEL!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:30 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

so who drove the boat and went and forced pryor to leave pennsylvania and go to ohio? so is tressell the slave master? slavery? when i think of slavery i see a bunch of humans being taken from their homeland. did they force him with a gun? i remember seeing him all smiles when he announced he was going to ohio st. whats next the NAACP? the excuses never end......

"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?"

wow you sound like a typical racist ohio fan. you sound like one of the slave masters. so your the type of person that answers stupidity with your own case of stupidity. ohio st fans never seem to amaze me. WOW!

"At least spell stupid right "stupod""

thats funny you are spell checking him but........

you wrote....

"I work as a saleman and the reason you let a guy take a car for the weekend"

saleman? whats a saleman? sounds like you are the stupid one. well we all know you didnt go to ohio st. being a car saleman and all.....well maybe you did.....did you have clarretts tutor? or are you just a walmart whos a huge fan BUT didnt attend the college, so you dont care about the long as the team wins...fawk the college part of it.

"I would be looking at the fact that Pryor will buy a lot of cars in his lifetime "

thats a fact? working at walmart wont allow him to buy alot of cars. stop making excuses for him.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 7:19 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.
That is so far from the truth that it is embarrassing to even post it. Most of the revenue money goes to pay for non-revenue sports. Most schools don't net up on any of their sports teams because they are not big names, and many of those provide a higher percentage of financial aid than the big name schools do. My guess would be that if you went looking for it, you would be hard pressed to find a meaningful percentage of academic scholarship money coming from athletics.

Since: Jun 16, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:58 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Am I missing something here?  Isn't the primary purpose of a college to be a place of higher learning?  Don't those athletes put their "well being" on the line in exchange for free tuition?  They make the choice to take that, although they have no interest in educating themselves (which by the way is idiotic... all these athletes betting on the fact that they will make it in the pros, and having no fall back plan.)

Shame on the people around these kids for not encouraging them.

College sports has also made this mess.  The sports make so much money for them, they don't want to give them up.  Why do you think this problem doesn't exist in baseball?  Players are eligible to enter the minor league draft out of high school.  All other sports need to follow that model, and then you will see this problem rapidly disappear.  But, that won't happen because of the financial aspect of the matter.

Still - with the situation being as it is, keep in mind their classification is STUDENT-athletes... student coming first.  Is the system perfect as it is?  Absolutely not, but don't use that as a justification to blatantly disregard the rules.  Their are channels that players could pursue to get rules changed if they really cared... the crux of the issue is that the players past and present really only look out for themselves... once they get to the next level they don't go out of their way to go back and challenge the system to improve the path for the players that follow them.  They got theirs, and thats all that matters.  They're all ruining the game anyway, so what does it matter.  There is so little class left in professional's become awful.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:52 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

not to mention, if he had sold his jerseys and rings for money.  wouldnt he have just paid for the tattoos??

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