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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: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 5:01 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

I think Pryor is as dumb as they come but I am starting to feel sorry for him.  He is an adult and should know to make the right decision but he is so hood I don't think he has ever known how to.  Now he has people taking advantage of him trying to get paid like this idiot you know what lawyer and he is going to end up on the back of a trash truck. 

Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:37 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Well, I now know where to NOT go to find legal assistance!


Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:22 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

Is Tressel a liar and a cheater as well?

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:21 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

These college players can actually end up behind in life after college.  Limited opportunity to intern, zero opportunity to work part-time.  Imagine Pryor working full or part-time at Home Depot.  IT is not against the rules, but impossibly to happen with these players time commitments for our petty entertainment.

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:18 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

where did you get your inaccurate information from.  I actually played in the SEC, and we received $50/monthly from the SEC.  Actual Fact

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:15 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

All the more I wish they can make the UFL work, and turn it into a legit minor league system, with each NFL team having their own minor league affiliate. Athletes who think they should be paid for their abilities have no place on a college campus. Anyone who thinks they do really have not grasped the concept of how valuable, or how expensive, a college eduaction is. And just like the NCAA commercial says: there's thousands of student athletes, most of which will go pro in something other than sports. So, the NCAA, which governs far more than just college football, is supposed to just cave and start paying the athletes, because certain players have little respect for the rules or the opportunity they were given? What a bunch of BS.

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:57 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

They ought to take the Rose Bowl victory away from Ohio State.  the whole thing was a sham from the outset with obvvious complicity  from the NCAA to ensure the financial objectives were met.  College sports is getting more and more corrupt by the day.  Unfortunately the players are learning from their role model coaches. 

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2011 3:45 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

This is garbage. College athletes get paid $40 a day for food. $300 a month for rent if they live off campus, AND get a free education. Enough of this stereotypical bullshit. You wanna play the race card? Fine, because thats all you people ever have. Anyone who calls college athletes, and especially college football players "slaves" is a nut. Or their just trying to justify their arguments that they should get a piece of the pie. Either way its pathetic.

Terrelle Pryor is a lier and a cheater. Stop trying to blame others for your mistakes Terrelle. It gets old.

Since: Jun 21, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:58 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

c'mon bdoper, having a job is NOT against the rules.  Having a job where you get paid FAR MORE than the normal rate is.  For example, if you work at Mc d's as a fry cook and you make $15 per hour while everyone else makes $8, then there is an issue. 

As for practice: 5 hours a day? really? THAT is against the NCAA rules.  Yes, they can have 4 hours of classes in the summer, 2 hours of team organized workout and 2 hours in the gym.  That's 8 hours per day (except Sat and Sun).  Now, if they can get a job that will pay $10 per hour (there are tons of them out there for those players) and they work just 10 hours per week, there's $100 to spend on whatever extras they want.  Not a bad deal.

Once they graduate and life hits them they find out it sucks.  We are doing them an injustice to pretend that it doesn't.

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 9, 2011 2:53 pm

Terrelle Pryor's lawyer threatens legal action

ignorant post.  it is against NCAA rules to have a job and is a major violation.  2nd point is that you can get a job in the summer however if you are not at offseason workouts (5 hours per day) you will never play.

You should probably know the rules before calling anyone ignorant.

And even if it was, it would not be a major violation if someone got one.

It is not against the rules for student-athletes to hold jobs.

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