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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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Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

I wouldn't quite say that TP is making Reggie Bush look like a "minor" offender.  Reggie Bush made him self look like a millionaire on the USC campus.  Terrelle sold jerseys and rings for tattoos.  In my opinion or in a sense Pryor probably lost more money than he gained.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Pryor is a good kid that has made a few bad decisions,the truth will prevail,time will tell us what really went on with the football program at OSU.Cam Newton is innocent...?all I know is I never put much faith in what the media assumes,these sports sites are turning into nothing more than the National Enquirer of the sports, full of gossip trying to incite it's audience and raise it's popularity. When all is said and done then we'll really know what has happened at OSU,they may have done all these accusations,but I bet we find they only did some not all.The Media are an evil bunch at times and can make or break you....Wink 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

My kid goes to college, with a 3.96 GPA, third highest and top 10 ACT got a "partial" scholarship that DOES NOT pay for books, food or housing or give them a monthly allowance. They work part-time to pay for food and gas, along with student loans they will have to pay off later in life.
First off, who told your kid to go to a school that's too far to commute to?  Second, 3.96 isn't that great and if it's 3rd highest in his/her school, that school is terrible.  Third, nobody is coming to your kid's school to watch him/her solve geometric equations.
All or near All the money from sports stays right there as many of these schools LOSE money on sports.
You're right about them losing money on sports.  But it's similar to the government losing money from taxes.  It's because the school's budget puts that money elsewhere before putting it back into sports.  Like paying $4 million a year to Nick Saban or Jon Calipari.  Why do you think that a school would pay out that kind of money to coaches if it means losing money?  Knowledgeable business people would inform you that shelling out $4 million a year in order to lose money is not financially viable.



Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Yup, play the race card!  Yet another punk gets caught doing something he shouldn't and it obviously becomes a racial issue.   




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Don't go to college and just get a job in a milll or something, then actually PAY for your education... Otherwise STFU...
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.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

"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."

Don't go to college and just get a job in a milll or something, then actually PAY for your education... Otherwise STFU...



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Based on reading that OSU and the Big 10 commissioner are disagreeing with how facts were discovered in this messy case, and how Terrelle Pryor has been perceived by everyone, etc, I would politely tell his lawyer and everyone around him to lay low and resist grandstanding.  This is a hornets nest that could lead to Pryor being the most villified college athlete since those point shaving basketball players back in the day.  He's close to making Reggie Bush look like a minor offender (which I didnt' think was possible) and if he's not careful, his arrogant approach could make him the CFB equivalent of Pete Rose.  The only difference is that Pete Rose actually accomplished major feats of greatness before being brought down and this kid hasn't done anything yet outside of winning a bowl game or two.




Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

I wish Pryor the best of luck in the pro ranks.... of tattoo modeling.



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:17 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Mr. Mo - I agree I think the UFL has potential to become the Minor League to the NFL if they will provide a conduit during the season to use UFL players or promote them to the NFL in-season. Also is a great way for non-drafted players to work on thier game and get paid.

I am SICK OF HEARING about the poor little athlete that can't get a job while in college to support his off field activites.

My kid goes to college, with a 3.96 GPA, third highest and top 10 ACT got a "partial" scholarship that DOES NOT pay for books, food or housing or give them a monthly allowance. They work part-time to pay for food and gas, along with student loans they will have to pay off later in life. I help with books and a car and whatever we can. These poor poor little athletes get, 100 PERCENT EVERYTHING PAID FOR!!!!

The excuse that they should get paid is a JOKE, they are paid and paid well if they choose to get a real degree. The money they bring to these programs does nothing more than go right back into the sports programs. There is NO FINANCIAL WIND FALL from sports that lowers REAL STUDENTS TUITION. All or near All the money from sports stays right there as many of these schools LOSE money on sports.

Either way I don't care if the school makes money or not, a 100 PERCENT FREE RIDE is more than payment enough. What I wouldn't give to have been able to good to college for four years DEBT FREE and not worry about books or food or housing, that would have been awesome, too bad I couldn't run fast or swim or throw a ball 90mph.


Oh wait, now I get it....It's NOT Pryors fault about the cars because you see he was told he was getting a "FREE RIDE" ....he thought that ment transportation!






Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:09 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.....



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